Families affected by mega-airport urge CPP’s top leaders for help

Villagers affected by land clearances for the new mega-airport project in Kandal province gather near the CPP headquarters in Phnom Penh seeking help from top party members, December 28, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Families affected by an ongoing land dispute with the new mega-airport project in Kandal province are seeking the help of top CPP leaders to find a more equitable solution.

Authorities prepare to compensate airport-affected families for their homes while farmland disputes remain unresolved

Kandal provincial authorities began to measure people's houses as a part of a survey to provide them with compensation in connection with a long-running land dispute caused by the new airport development, photo taken on November 4. Photo Supplied

Local authorities and the corporation behind the new airport project in Kandal province have begun measuring people’s houses for compensation despite the fact that families are still waiting for compensation for farmland that has been cleared to make way for the development.

Kandal villagers report feeling pressured into accepting land compensation

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

A number of families affected by the new airport project in Kandal Stung district are still refusing to accept the state’s proposed compensation for their land, instead hoping that the upcoming commune elections will bring them a better solution. Others have decided to take the compensation, causing concerns that an ongoing court case against nine villagers is putting pressure on the community.

Nine villagers released on bail after week-long detention for airport protests

Nine villagers from Kandal province who were arrested while protesting against a new airport were released on bail on Monday evening. Photo Supplied

Nine people who were charged by the Kandal provincial court after protesting during an ongoing land dispute over a new airport in Kandal were released on bail on Monday evening. They face as much as five years behind bars if found guilty.

Twenty-one villagers released as nine people sent to prison for using violence against authorities

Villagers are released from Kandal provincial police headquarters after their arrest Sunday during a protest over the newly planned airport, September 14, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Nine villagers who were arrested on Sunday while protesting an ongoing land dispute over a new airport in Kandal were sent to pre-trial detention on Tuesday night, while 21 other detainees were released.