Four villagers have been arrested by military police in two
districts of Kampot province and others were beaten, during operations to
remove their homes from state land, rights officials and villagers said
The arrests follow the protest of a series of similar
operations, especially in Chhouk district, where 83 families had their houses
torn down earlier this month.
"The movement of the people is due to the authority
that did not resolve their problems over many years, and at each election
stage, the authorities promised to resolve their problems," Adhoc
investigator Chan Saveth said. "But in the end, no."
"If the authorities will not settle the problem of the
villagers, they might not go to vote," he added. "Because they are
still concerned about their land."