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Long wait over: Two Boeung Kak protesters to get land

Long wait over: Two Boeung Kak protesters to get land

Two protesters from the Boeung Kak lake community are weeks away from long-awaited land titles after City Hall officials yesterday measured plots for them amid a small crowd of angry former residents.

Nget Khun, a well-known land-rights activist in her seventies who has been imprisoned and beaten numerous times while fighting for a land title, said she was pleased authorities were recognising her right to live at the site. However, she has no intentions of returning to a quiet life.

“I won’t stop protesting until City Hall resolves the land disputes for all the families in Boeung Kak,” she said.

About 20 people who accepted $8,500 to relocate years ago and now say that compensation was inadequate protested in front of the land measurers yesterday.

Kim Vanny, the second protester to see her land measured, said it was time to end her activism.

“I’ve done it for many years. I’m exhausted. I’ll now think about how to earn money to support [my family],” she said.

Forty other families still await titles at Boeung Kak, the community says.

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