Hundreds protest in Kandal airport land dispute

Source : The Phnom Penh Post


Oeung Sary was among hundreds of villagers urging the Kandal provincial authorities today to resolve their land dispute with tycoon Seang Chanheng.

More than 200 people gathered at the Kandal Provincial Hall this morning to seek intervention in a dispute involving tycoon Seang Chanheng near land earmarked for a massive new airport development.

Protesters from four communes took their complaints to Kandal Provincial Governor Mao Phirun, who declined to comment, citing a “sore throat”.

Six people from Prek Sleng commune have been summoned by military police for questioning over accusations of “incitement” after they blocked an excavator from digging on what Chanheng characterised as her “legitimate land” earlier this month.

One of those six, Oeung Sary, refused to appear before the military police, saying they could not resolve her problem and would only “put pressure” on her.

“Why does the one who takes our land file a complaint against us?” she asked. “We will not go to answer. If they want to arrest us, let it be.”

She accused the government of “bias” towards Chanheng’s company – Heng Development Company – and said the government was more likely to “imprison the people” than find them a solution.

Chanheng could not be immediately reached for further comment today.



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