Evicted Villagers Resume Compensation Fight

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Borei Keila villagers protesting in front of Phnom Penh City Hall on Nov. 3. (KT Photo: Ven Rathavong)

PHNOM PENH, Nov. 3, (Khmer Times) – The villagers of Borei Keila who were evicted from their homes on Jan. 3, 2012 are stepping up their efforts to get compensation from the Phan Imex company and Phnom Penh City Hall.

Around 30 villagers gathered at city hall today to submit a letter to Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong requesting housing and compensation for the loss of their homes. The group carried banners labeling themselves the “January 3rd – Borei Keila Community.”

In the letter, the villagers complained that city hall officials had promised to resolve their land dispute, but that no action had been taken.

Some of the villagers have reportedly accepted compensation from property developer Phan Imex, while others continue to demonstrate over concerns related to the land documents, triggering accusations that they are professional protestors. 

The protesters did not cause any traffic problems as they stood on the sidewalk in front of City Hall. 

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