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Mondolkiri Residents Protest Arrest of Four

A group of 120 hill tribe villagers from remote Mondolkiri province are protesting for the release of four arrested men, officials and representatives said Tuesday.

The protest follows the decision by the provincial court to jail four men accused of attempting to murder the provincial deputy military commander following an altercation.

Protestors say the charges against the men are unfair, as they were involved only in a small scuffle with the commander and his party.

Village representative Sieng Sareth said the group was unhappy with the charges against Chreb Chreh, 36, Pek Khek, 38, Ghas Tung, 30, and Peal Peng 34.

Provincial court prosecutor Lou Sosambath said the case was proceeding according to law.