More than 500 people from several ethnic minority groups
staged a protest in Ratanakkiri province Thursday, upset by forest destruction and
exploitation by rich and powerful men.
Several thousand hectares of forest across the province have
been damaged or destroyed, including ancestral burial grounds, protesters
Authorities have not done enough to stop powerful business
interests from infringing on forest land the ethnic minorities say is important
to their culture and survival.
The group held a march around the town of Ratanakkiri, passing provincial headquarters,
courts, police headquarters and the offices of the Ministry of Agriculture’s