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Bricks used to drive out authorities

Bricks used to drive out authorities

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Borei Keila residents clash with police in a strike earlier.

More than 10 local officials and security guards from a local developer who tried to dismantle 27 houses in Phnom Penh’s Borei Keila community in Prampi Makara district yesterday were prevented by about 50 residents, some of whom wielded bricks and crowbars.

Ponh Touch, 44, a resident of Veal Vong commune’s village 12, said officials and guards were trying to force people to move to resettlement areas in Tuol Sambo village and Phnom Bath village in Kandal province.

In 2003, Phan Imex Company signed an agreement with the government to construct 10 six-floor buildings on two hectares of land to house 1,776 displaced families, in exchange for the right to develop the remaining 2.6 hectares.

The company has constructed only eight buildings, leaving nearly 400 families without housing.

“Most of us want to live in buildings at the Borei Keila site because it is the agreement between the company and the government since 2003,” Ponh Touch said, adding some families had agreed to move to Tuol Sambo and Phnom Bath.

Phan Imex owner Suy Sophan could not be reached for comment, while district governor Som Sovann declined to comment.

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