Former Soldiers Protest for Land

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Former soldiers shouting for solutions to their land disputes in front of Office of the Council of Ministers. (KT Photo: Ven Rathavong)

Phnom Penh, September 29, (Khmer Times) – The protest parade of disabled ex-soldiers was led by monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda to the Office of the Council of Ministers.

The ex-soldiers are temporarily staying in the Stung Meanchey pagoda, and submitted petitions addressed to Bin Chhin, chairman of the National Authority for Land Dispute and Resolution, and were handed to  Seng Savorn, a representative thereof. 

The police discouraged the protestors from continuing on to the domicile of the prime minister.

Ith Savern, wife of a former soldier said that Mao Kiri, former deputy chief of those soldiers, sold the land allocated to them by the government to for personal profit in 2005.

She said that the villagers can still cultivate the land, but if the court judges in favor of the private companies they will have no place to live. villagers want the government to give them land titles.

The governor of Banteay Meanchey province arrived in Phnom Penh two weeks ago to meet with authorities and land dispute villagers at Stung Meanchey pagoda, but no consensus could be found. 

The villagers said that if there still no deal within this week they continue to protest and submit petitions to the prime minister’s house.

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