With coronavirus cases continuing to spread in Cambodia, some pregnant women say they are concerned about whether they will be able to give birth safely in hospitals, while others say they can’t afford the costs of mandatory COVID tests.
Sixty families connected to protests of a Svay Rieng canal restoration project have been placed in 14-day quarantine after two villagers tested positive for COVID-19, leading some locals to allege officials are using health measures to force a resolution of the land dispute.
“I rely mostly on my wife who works in a factory to pay off bank debts. My wife’s salary is only enough to repay the loan,” San said. “I have not asked the bank for a delay because I am afraid the bank will not lend to me someday later when I need a new loan.”
Two representatives of a farming community in Svay Rieng province have been fined a total of $1,000 by district officials for gathering protests earlier this week as part of a land dispute centered on a canal restoration project.
Hundreds of families with claims to nearly 100 hectares of farmland in Svay Rieng province are protesting against provincial authorities who locals say are forcing them to accept a low price for land compensation to make way for a canal restoration project.