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Land Protesters Released on Bail

Kampong Speu court released two men on bail Monday, following a week of turbulent protests on their behalf.

Yu Tho and Khim Rithy were detained last week and charged with arson, after allegedly burning down the offices of a sugar plantation in the midst of a land dispute.

Around 500 villagers protested the decision, clashing with police and blocking traffic in the provincial town.

The court will require the men to appear twice a month to ensure they do not run.

Am Sam Ath, an investigator with the rights group Licadho, said the release of the men had not solved the underlying issue, as villagers claim they were pushed off their land by the sugar company, owned by a senator in the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.