Battambang families to petition Prime Minister

A group of families involved in a land dispute with a businessman in Battambang province will today submit petitions to the National Assembly and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet to plead for intervention.

The more than 300 families, from Bavel district’s Boeng Bram commune, maintain that businessman Sorng Thorn has wrongly claimed 612 hectares of their farmland.

“We came to clear the land, which we have stayed on since 2004,” said villager Chhut Mao, 68, one of hundreds of farmers who fear authorities might evict them. …

Aun Pheap