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Villagers Protest Before National Assembly Over Land

More than 50 villagers from Kampong Speu province gathered in front of the National Assembly in Phnom Penh Wednesday, demanding a solution over a land issue.

Villagers say 25 hectares of land belonging to 61 families in Korng Pisey district were sold by a village chief to a private company.

Land grabs are an ongoing problem in Cambodia that observers warn threaten the stability of the country.

“My purpose here is to appeal to Prime Minister Hun Sen and the national institution to find justice for people,” said Van Yeat, 57, one of the protesters. “We have been trying to file with commune, district and provincial authorities, but they ignore our complaints.”

Ros Vey, the chief of Sala Kros village, was not available for comment. But Hang Sarun, commune chief for Preah Nipean, where the village lies, said the 61 families did not have documentation for their land.