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Hundreds Protest Land Grab

Three hundred villagers gathered in the capital of Bantey Meanchey province Thursday to protest a court's ruling in a land dispute.

Villagers say a company worked with local officials to steal their land, and the court's finding against them was unjust.

Yim Sophat, 56, the leader of the protest, told VOA Khmer he "never had a conflict with anyone until now."

Land grabbing is a growing problem in Cambodia, with the rural and urban poor increasingly finding themselves landless and homeless after underhanded dealings with companies by government or military officials.