Villagers stand up against eviction – police backs off

Feb. 10, 2011. A day-long stand-off in Village 22 ended by 4pm when local police left the area to receive payment from Shukaku Inc. owner Yeay Phu who arrived at the company’s lakeside headquarters. As police drove off, residents cheered, having prevented the eviction of a household that had moved to live on a relative’s land following eviction from their home on the lake. During the day, the situation was occasionally tense, yet the mainly female residents stood strong, at one point threatening to throw their period blood at the police if the attempted to evict the threatened household. As the police left, and although the day-time battle had been won, residents stated they feared the police might return during the night.

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