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.

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.