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Patrol group to stop illegal logging

About 350 members of the Prey Lang Community Network are back in the forest patrolling on motorbikes in another attempt to eliminate illegal logging.

The villagers, from four provinces, began a six-day patrol on Thursday, their fifth expedition in recent times.

Chhim Savuth, forum co-ordinator at the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, said the significance of the campaign was to collect evidence of forestry crime.

“Nowadays, illegal activity is widespread in Prey Lang,” he said.“Meanwhile, private companies avoid being caught, despite a series of protests made by the Prey Lang Community Network.” Thai Bunleang, a represent-ative from Kratie province, said the group had already found illegally felled timber.

To contact the reporter on this story: May Titthara at at titthara.may@phnompenhpost.com

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