PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – At least seven policemen and two protesters have been hurt in a clash after villagers in northeastern Cambodia blocked a national highway to protest being forced off land they have occupied for at least two years.
Officials and NGO workers said about 200 villagers in Kratie province who have been living on land that was given to a concessionaire to develop into a rubber plantation blocked the road for two hours Thursday.
The chief of Chhnoul district where the confrontation occurred, Kong Kimny, said the protesters were wounded by police bullets, and the police officers were hurt by villagers using slingshots and rocks. He said seven protesters were arrested.
He and a staff member of the human rights group ADHOC, Bei Vanny, both denied reports of any deaths.