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Svay Reng villagers in rubber dispute

Svay Reng villagers in rubber dispute

Villagers from Tras commune in Svay Rieng province have accused the Peam Chaing Rubber Co of beginning to seize 3,960 hectares of land that residents say are used to grow their cassava, cashew and banana crops. “We have farmed on this land since 1979, but the rubber company came to destroy our farms and crops,” village representative Yeo Yoeung said on Wednesday. Deputy commune chief Hen Soun said the land was owned by the state and has never belonged to the villagers.