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Villagers call off highway blockade

Villagers call off highway blockade

Villagers embroiled in a land dispute in Kampong Chhang province called off plans to block a section of National Road 5 Thursday, saying authorities were trying to intimidate them with periodic patrols near their village in Kampong Tralach district’s Ta Ches commune. The villagers had planned to block National Road 5 in an attempt to convince authorities to let them plant rice on land that is also claimed by KDC International Co. “We need the rest of the community to help so we will have enough people to block the road,” said villager Reach Sima, and added that several checkpoints had been set up on the route from her village to National Road 5. The company is owned by Chea Kheng, the wife of Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy Suy Sem. But Srey Ra, the deputy district police chief, said the patrols were not aimed at intimidating villagers.

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