Lawyers for five opposition activists say they are preparing a defense for their clients, who are accused of illegally transporting protected timber, in what their supporters say are politically motivated charges ahead of July’s national elections.
Demonstrators want Prime Minister Hun Sen to make good on a promise to set aside land for them in a dispute at the Boeung Kak lake neighborhood, promises they say have been undermined by local authorities and have left some 60 families homeless.
At least two women were injured Monday as housing rights activists clashed with police in Phnom Penh. The activists had been demonstrating by sitting in a major street in front of City Hall to demand land titles in two ongoing land disputes in the capital. Riot police eventually dispersed them by force. Rights groups said one pregnant woman, Hek Chan Reaksmey, miscarried following a blow to her abdomen in the clash. (Khoun Theara, Phnom Penh)