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Anger at ‘pillaging’: Evictees to protest over demolition

Evictees whose homes were destroyed amid a land dispute in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district will protest at the National Assembly today.

About 30 people have been reduced to living in tents since district security forces demolished and allegedly pillaged 11 houses in Dangkor commune on Monday.

Evictees, who have occupied the land for 30 years, have filed a complaint with the Housing Rights Task Force against village chief Pich Pun and District Deputy Governor Prach Seila.

“We have no place to live, no option but to set up tents here,” said resident Til Sarom.

According to residents, authorities are clearing the land to facilitate its sale to businessman Mao Sophal.

However, Dangkor commune chief Voeuk Samoeurn claimed villagers were given notice to leave in 2006.

Sarom said security forces had ransacked their homes, taking the antiretroviral drugs to treat her HIV and beating a woman unconscious.

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