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Villagers Angered at Land Poured in Lake

Hundreds of families in Kien Svay town, Kandal province, gathered in protest Thursday against a local company they say is pouring landfill into a lake.

Land around the town has rises and valleys, and during the rainy season, people farm to where the flooding stops, a villager who gave his name as Dy told VOA. This leads to a lack of boundaries, making it easier for a company to pour land into the lake, he said.

"We demand [the company owner] stop the activities," Dy said.

Cambodians are increasingly at risk for land grabs and encroachment, as rural and urban areas face development pressure and unscrupulous political and business leaders take valuable land from the poor.