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Protesters Left Wanting in Governor No-Show

About 60 protesters in a land dispute went home empty-handed Thursday, after the governor they had been waiting for at a training center inauguration failed to show up.

The protesters, a group of villagers who say their land is being taken by an aid agency for the disabled, said they had hoped to take their grievances to Kampong Speu Governor Kang Heang.

But when the governor sent a deputy to the grand opening instead, the protest was canceled.

Kang Heang said Thursday the authorities of the province gave 1,700 hectares of land to a local handicapped association, and the protesters were part of a group attempting to sell that land to a separate buyer.

Authorities will soon take measures against these villagers, he said.