Kratie Villagers Invoke Hun Sen’s Help

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Villagers from Kratie province stop at Wat Botum Park. (KT Photo: Ven Rathavong)

PHNOM PENH, September 3, (Khmer Times) – Following Prime Minister’s intervention in the land issues in Lor Peang, another group of disgruntled villagers have sought his help – and gotten it.

Prime Minister Hun Sen sent the villagers home with the promise to resolve their dispute within one week’s time.

Villagers from Chhloung district, Kratie province –1351 families – sent their representatives to Phnom Penh to submit a request to Mr. Hun Sen. They want him to grant them the same attention as he gave the villagers from Lor Peang.

As normal, authorities stopped them at Wat Botum Park. A representative said that they will not go back to Kratie province until they get an adequate solution. 

Mat Heak, a representative of villagers, explained, “We used to live on that land but a company cleared it in 2007. Then we were to move to another commune.”

The agrocompany that took the land told the villagers that the relocation was necessary because their old land was “the heart of its business”. 

They were relocated, but soon a private company forbid them to cultivate the land.  The company claimed to own the land and had them evicted.   

The last solution had them move to a social land concession in another commune – Kompong Domrey. But the long arm of a private company is threatening them again. 

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