Kratie locals block sand-mining trucks

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A truck is loaded with sand in Kratie province. Residents say the trucks are overloaded. Supplied

Angry residents in Kratie town’s Krakor commune yesterday protested against a sand-mining company they accuse of damaging a local road. 
The protesters used their vehicles to block the company’s trucks from driving on the road. 
Heang Vikun, coordinator for rights group Adhoc in the province, said people were unhappy with the company overloading its trucks. 
“These big trucks drive across the dirt road near people’s homes making big holes, especially when it rains,” she said. 
“That is why the residents blocked the road with their vehicles. ”
Kratie town police chief Neth Lin said the roadblock had only prevented big trucks from getting through. “Frankly speaking, the sand-mining operation itself has also affected the people,” he said.
“This year is the last year of the contract. That’s why the company is behaving inconsiderately.
“Residents have complained about the business before because its trucks had also damaged a road by the local lake, causing the subsidence of the banks.” 
Mr Lin said residents had agreed to stop blocking the road if the company used smaller trucks. The business owner could not be reached for comment.

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