Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Crops pulled: Locals and NGO staffer questioned

Crops pulled: Locals and NGO staffer questioned

About 150 ethnic Kuoy villagers gathered outside Preah Vihear Provincial Court yesterday to protest the questioning of eight villagers and an NGO staff member for allegedly inciting villagers in Tbeng Meanchey district to destroy 36 tonnes of sugarcane.

The sugarcane is owned by Chinese land concessionaires Rui Feng International and Lan Feng Company, which sued for damages in April.

Lut Sang, 28, an officer with local rights organisation Ponlok Khmer, said “the company accused us of inciting the villagers to pull out 36 tonnes of sugarcane. I said it wasn’t true; I only went there as part of the organisation’s staff to monitor the event.”

Sang said that some 100 villagers pulled out less than a tonne of sugarcane because they were angry with the companies for clearing their farmland.

Sreng Vuthea, provincial deputy prosecutor, said no villagers have been arrested as “it is just the first step of the investigation”.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

The fall of Phnom Penh 40 years on

An eyewitness remembers the day the Khmer Rouge stormed the Cambodian capital and took power.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama in Siem Reap

First lady of the United States talks girls education during trip to Cambodia.

Leang Seckon

Cambodian artist hits the big time

Phnom Penh based artist Leang Seckon's collage reflections on Khmer society are featuring at the prestigious Art Basel in Hong Kong.