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Siem Reap villagers fear April eviction

Siem Reap villagers fear April eviction

Around 100 villagers in Siem Reap province could face eviction after authorities informed them they are living illegally on state land that is wanted for the development of a “cultural and tourism city”, villagers said Monday. A notice dated March 22 gave the recipients, from Slakram commune’s Chongkaosuo village, until April 7 to relocate and warned that authorities would take no responsibility for any property damaged if villagers failed to comply. “I am very concerned since I received the notice,” said one villager, who added that an earlier eviction of vendors from Phsar Leu in Siem Reap town was an indication authorities would not hesitate in acting on the notice. He added that villagers were calling for relocation land as compensation if they are forced to move. Tep Bunchhay, Siem Reap city governor, said the purpose of the notice was to identify the legitimate occupiers of the land, and that many are renting the land or squatting there illegally. “It is their luck if officials give them land because they came to live illegally on state land,” he said.

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