PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian police have beaten demonstrators who were marching toward the prime minister’s house to protest being evicted from their homes. The violent confrontation is a reminder that land grabbing remains a contentious issue in this election year.
Nearly 100 protesters, mostly women, marched Wednesday to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s home in the middle of Phnom Penh to petition him to provide land they claim was promised them when they were evicted from their homes in the capital’s Boueng Kak lake area to make way for a luxury real estate development.
About 100 police began beating demonstrators when they tried to push through their lines. At least two protesters were injured, with apparent broken limbs. At least four others fell unconscious.