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Officials cursed over land dispute

Evicted Borei Keila community members plant a curse outside Prampi Makara District Hall yesterday.
Evicted Borei Keila community members plant a curse outside Prampi Makara District Hall yesterday. Hong Menea

Officials cursed over land dispute

Borei Keila community members yesterday splattered a mix of fish and pig blood, foodstuffs, rice wine, sand, ash, chilli and fake money outside Prampi Makara District Hall in Phnom Penh to ‘curse’ those responsible for their long-running land dispute.

The group of about 50 residents also spread the concoction outside the office of Phan Imex, which reneged on its deal to re-house all of the villages booted en masse from the site in 2012.

The company built only eight of 10 promised buildings to resettle evictees. Currently, 154 families are displaced. Of those, 34 were promised on-site resettlement.

The rest have been told to take compensation or live at a relocation site on the city’s outskirts.

Yesterday, protesters accused the company of continuing construction of a ninth building to rent and sell privately while they remained homeless, though District Governor Keang Leak denied this.

Protesters cursed ‘corrupt’ officials and businessmen, calling for the spirits to cause them to ‘face loss and disdain, and to accidentally die’.

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