Women Detained, Injured In Clash

Four women were injured and another four detained on Monday following a clash with Cambodian authorities over a controversial development project in the nation’s capital, according to villagers. The women had gathered in front of city hall with other villagers from central Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak Lake community to protest the loss of their land to a Chinese-Cambodian company. The company has been filling in the lake with sand in preparation for the construction of a luxury residential site. The villagers, many of whom had already lost their homes to a forced demolition, said they held the demonstration to ask for help from local officials after a group of land title officers visited Boeung Kak Lake to take measurements over the weekend. “After being ordered to disperse, we scuffled with authorities who beat four women unconscious and detained another four,” said one villager, who asked to remain anonymous. “Members of (the Cambodian rights group) Licadho assisted us in bringing the four injured women to a nearby hospital for treatment.” The whereabouts of the four detained women were unknown and authorities could not be reached for comment.


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