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Villagers Flee Following Arrests

A handful of illagers of Kampot province’s Banthey Meas district have fled their homes following arrests Thursday of four people over a land dispute.

Two suspects have been released, but at least six villagers say they fear for their own safety and have left their homes following the arrests, for alleged destruction of property and assault.

The charges stem from a dispute with local company Khov Chily, residents say.

“Many more residents might go into the jungle to hide themselves,” for further fear of arrest, said Preab Yim, a resident in the district.

Kampot court officials were not available for comment.