Police in Preah Sihanouk Province arrested six protesters on the second day of their setting up a roadblock on National Road 4; two were arrested yesterday (April 18).
Police Maj. Gen. Chaun Narin said the six were arrested at around 10am after violent clashes occurred that injured officers deployed to deescalate the situation. “We tried to ease tensions and calm the protestors, but some began throwing stones at the police. So we arrested six of them.”
The violent protests today injured four police officers and two other communal security guards, and damaged three vehicles.
On April 18, police arrested two protestors during a raid on 600 houses that were illegally build on private property in the Prey Nup District of Preah Sihanouk Province.
The detainees are Keo Sang, who initiated the NR4 roadblock, and Khlot Tosita, who threw stones at the police and attacked them with a cane.
After the incident, the Preah Sihanouk administration issued a statement saying it is committed to protecting public and private assets by taking necessary measures against anarchic activities and violent protests that lead to social disorder.
The provincial authority also urged people not to fall for the propaganda of some groups that promise to sell a plot, or plots, of land for a special – usually very low – price.