Dozens detained after Kandal airport protest turns violent

Villagers gather to demonstrate in front of police barricades where authorities blocked a road leading to their farmland, which is being cleared to prepare the site for a planned airport in Kandal Stung district, Picture taken on September 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Family members of villagers arrested by police while protesting the clearance of their farmland to make way for a new airport in Kandal province are alleging that their relatives are being held hostage to pressure them into accepting the compensation offered for their land. Thirty people were arrested on Sunday ahead of what witnesses describe as widespread police raids, beatings and arrests.

Two people detained for visiting farmland being cleared for Kandal airport

Police erect barricades blocking a road to residents' farmland, located at the site of the newly planned airport in Kandal Stung district on September 7, 2021. Photo Supplied

At least two people affected by a new airport project in Kandal province were briefly detained for questioning by authorities on Wednesday after they visited their farmland, which is being cleared by airport developer OCIC. The arrest was made just a day after authorities blocked the road leading to the new Phnom Penh airport project in Kandal province on Tuesday.

Despite lack of resolution in dispute, authorities block roads, let OCIC begin clearing residents’ farmland for mega airport project

Police erect barricades blocking a road to residents' farmland, located at the site of the newly planned airport in Kandal Stung district on September 7, 2021. Photo Supplied

Hundreds of police and military police have been deployed to the road leading to the new Phnom Penh airport project in Kandal, as land clearance begins despite an ongoing land dispute with local residents.

Journalists covering mega airport project face threat and harassment

Villagers gather to hold a press conference about their land dispute over the newly planned airport in Kandal Stung district on September 4, 2021. Photo Supplied

A reporter for Voice of Democracy said he was harassed by authorities on Saturday while covering a land dispute between a new airport project and affected villagers in Kandal Stung district.

Land dispute at mega-airport project leads to protest, scuffle at access road

A villager looks on as construction crews use excavators and bulldozers to prepare land for the massive new airport in Kandal province. Picture taken on July 29, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Landowners at the site of the new airport mega-project starting in Kandal province said the developer is still trying to encroach on their farmland even though they have not agreed to sell the affected land.