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Protesters March for World Habitat Day

Protesters March for World Habitat Day
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More than 1,000 people marched on the National Assembly on Monday, many of them displaced from land disputes, to mark World Habitat Day. The demonstrators took a petition to Assembly officials calling on the government to respect the rights of people for land and homes and to stop forced evictions in the name of development. The protesters ignored warnings from Phnom Penh city officials, who had permitted them to gather in Freedom Park only. Instead, students, monks and urban and rural poor gathered near the Dey Krahorm neighborhood, which was the site of a violent eviction in 2009. (Suy Heimkhemra, VOA Khmer, Phnom Penh)