Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Land dispute: Villagers soured on authorities

Land dispute: Villagers soured on authorities

Land dispute: Villagers soured on authorities

Disgruntled villagers embroiled in a land dispute refused to meet with district authorities on Tuesday, claiming negotiations would be useless as the company had already bulldozed the disputed land.
   
Thma Puok district offficials in Banteay Meanchey province said they had planned to meet villagers in Thlork village, in Banteay Chhmar commune, in order to measure their land and exclude it from plantation development.

But villagers had not attended the meeting because they did not believe the authorities could negotiate a solution for them, as their rice fields had already been cleared.

More than 300 villagers protested on Sunday and Monday, attempting to stop the company clearing their land and have local authorities intervene.

When the local authorities failed to intervene until after the land had been razed, villagers said this demonstrated the authorities were aligned with the company’s interests, not the citizens’.  

The district governor, however, denied any wrongdoing.

“We are not aligned with the company,” he said. “If the company really has affected the villagers’ land, we will protest too.”

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all