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Boeung Trabek villagers irate

Residents
from the Boeung Trabek lake area hold photographs of Prime Minister Hun
Sen and his wife Bun Rany during a protest against the digging of a
canal yesterday morning. (Photo by: Pha Lina)
 
RESIDENTS of the capital’s Boeung
Trabek lakeside gathered in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house
yesterday before returning home and burning tyres near the lake to
protest the alleged loss of their farmland to a drainage project.
Oen Sothon, a village
representative from Chamkarmon district’s Phsar Doeum Thkov commune,
said yesterday that 153 families had lost access to their farmland
after 50 police officers set up a blockade in the area to protect the
project.
They are encroaching on the land where we’ve planted our crops,” Oen Sothon said.
Khut Khunvicheth, who also
claimed to have been blocked from his land, said the blockade had been
set up without consultation with residents affected by the move. Many
in the area are concerned that the land will be given to a private
company rather than being used for the drainage project, he added.

But Chamkarmon district
governor Lo Yuy said those affected would be free to replant their
crops upon the conclusion of the project, adding that the land in
question was state land.
“We are doing this to serve the
public interest,” he said. “If I fill the lake with sand and keep the
land titles for government officials, please let lightning strike me.”
In a related case, 500 families
from Phsar Doeum Thkov were ordered in September to dismantle their
homes to make way for the project – which is set to refurbish the
area’s existing sewer system and reduce flooding – though the deadline
for their eviction passed without incident. 
 
Phnom Penh Post

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