A Long Journey to Justice

Police dragging injured villager. photo by Radio Free Asia

Police dragging injured villager. photo by Radio Free Asia

Injured villager left unattended by police.

Injured villager left unattended by police.

Frigthened children witnessing their father being taken away by police.

Frigthened children witnessing their father being taken away by police.

A long journey for the Lor Peang- Kompong Chnang villagers, to find justice for their land grabbed by the wife of the Minister of Energy and Mines for close to 10 years.

Their journey to bring their complaints to Parliament was met 3 days ago with the brutal police forces, arrest and detention of 5 villagers, and physical injuries. Among them are pregnant women, infants and the elderly.

Intervention from opposition MPs got them to the outskirts of Phnom Penh where they were met by the land victims of Beung Kak Lake led Tep Vanny, all of them victims of land grabs. The people prevented from marching into the city by more police forces. With intervention from MPs and the strong will of the people, the villagers are now staying in the shelter ofthe Beung Kak Lake community.

The Opposition has already announced that the case will be heard in Parliament in the near future as part of the weekly Q/A sessions.

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