Despite lack of resolution in dispute, authorities block roads, let OCIC begin clearing residents’ farmland for mega airport project
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.
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.
The latest impasse came when more than 30 affected people met Tuesday with Kandal provincial Governor Kong Sophorn seeking a solution after one month of protest. Long Sopheak is one of those local villagers and a resident of Kampong Talong village in Kandal Stung district, which is part of where developers have planned to build the 2,600-hectare airport project about 25 kilometers from the capital.
Around 200 people affected by a mega-airport project in Kandal province have been protesting the damaging of their rice crop by developers by blocking the road to the project’s site in Kandal Stung since Friday.