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EVICTIONS Land-related arrests on the rise in '09

EVICTIONS Land-related arrests on the rise in '09

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The number of people arrested and detained in cases related to land disputes more than doubled in the first five months of 2009 compared with the first six months of 2008, according to a report released Wednesday by the local rights group Adhoc. The report states that 69 people have been arrested and detained so far this year, with 35 of them remaining in prison. Warrants are still out for an additional 66 people. In the first six months of last year, only 30 people were arrested and detained, said Ny Chakrya, the head of the monitoring section of Adhoc. "More people have been arrested and detained, while others are on run to escape from police's arrests over land issues," he said.

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