Residents clash with police over land promises

Thecambodiaherald, Mar. 13 2013

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Residents of Boeung Kok clashed with police while trying to ask for Hun Sen’s help over 12.44 hectares of land that were promised but never received.

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) — Residents from the property development site at Boeung Kok clashed with police Wednesday, while trying to enter Prime Minister Hun Sen’s home to ask for help.

Around 200 police officers were used to subdue the people, most of which were women.

The incident injured two security officers from the Duan Penh district hall. Police had arrested three residents who were later released.

We came here to seek help from the Prime Minister over 12.44 hectares which the government had cut from the Sukakoin company to give to the residents in Boeung Kok, Tep Vanny, resident representative told reporters.

“They promised us the land one year ago but since then there have been no surveys made or plotted to officially give us the land deeds.”

She said the residents also called for the release of land activist Youm Bopha who had been sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Police who were at the scene should adopt a non-violence policy towards residents because they were just fighting for their homes, Vanny said.

The people who fainted were identified as Leng Chhin, 57, Ngeth Khun, 70 and Soun Chantha.

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