Sunday, January 25, 2009

Forced eviction of Phnom Penh slum

(Reuters) Saturday 80 families from a Phnom Penh slum by the Mekong River were forcibly evicted. Eight people were injured, at least two of them seriously. 300 workers backed by bulldozers and cranes cleared away the community. Witnesses said the workers were armed with clubs and stones, and that an old woman and a boy were hit by a bulldozer. The government recently sold the land to a private company who offered the families 20 000 USD for their land, which they rejected.

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