Villagers, armed with sticks, knives and sickles

(Phnom Penh Post) Village representative Tuy Nheb said that as the villagers were advancing, the environmental officer and security guards fired shots in the air and threatened the villagers with their guns.

Rather than dispersing, the villagers, armed with sticks, knives and sickles, descended on the environmental officer and guards, capturing all five about 10am, villagers and authorities said. 

Suoy Phay said the villagers had detained the five company employees at the commune hall and held them hostage there, binding their limbs.

Ethnic villagers subsequently tore apart the environmental officer’s office and demanded the company immediately cease bulldozing their farmland.

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