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10/13/2009 04:58 AM ID: 81112 Permalink   

Police Burn Villagers Houses to the Ground


Human rights advocates in Cambodia say that the police had no right to burn down 100 houses in Bos village. Police burned the houses to the ground in an attempt to evict the villagers so that Angkor Sugar Company could use the land.

Both the villagers and Angkor Sugar company claim rights to the land. Before negotiations started, police came and started tearing down and burning houses. Villagers believe the operation is owned by Ly Yongphat, a member of the ruling party.

"They evicted us without paying us any compensation at all. We do not have anything to eat." said village representative Vong Veng. Ly Yongphat and Angkor Sugar Company could not be reached for comment.

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  @title Villagers'  
Illegal evictions take place all the time in Cambodia. Whoever can pay the cops and govt the most gets ownership of the land, and then the cops and military force the people off the land (even if the people are the rightful owners) I've got videos taken by friends of some really brutal, illegal evictions here in Phnom Penh. Everyone knows it happens and yet nothing is done about it.
  by: shaohu     10/13/2009 05:05 AM     
  @my spelling  
  by: shaohu     10/13/2009 09:27 AM     
Phnom Penh is where they have been evicting the HIV/AIDS victims isn't it?

The link from YouTube is VERY disturbing, it made me feel sick to my stomach.

You just buy and pay for whatever land you want and it is yours until someone else decides they want it so they pay for it and nothing can be done? This is just incredibly wrong and I don't understand why more people are not being made aware of what is going on. Do we have to hunt down some famous star who can get people to listen and have them expose the problems that are going on here? It seems people pay attention when Angelina, Brad Pitt or George Clooney speaks up about problems in other countries.

They aren't even giving people enough time to get their possession's out so they can at least have something to sleep on or cook with! They aren't even recompensed for their homes and belongings it is the least they can do you would think. I need to start realizing that when it comes to Cambodia that nothing is as it should be. It is just total BS what these men that are supposed to protect and help the citizens actually do instead.
  by: TaraB     10/13/2009 09:46 AM     
  extent of the corruption  
Next month Jackie Chan and Oliver Stone will be coming to Cambodia for peace talks. Jackie will be receiving an honorary doctorate from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. They usually don't talk about touchy subjects like the corruption of the govt and military though.
Land grabbing has been a big problem in Cambodia since the KR (khmer rouge). Everyone in cambodia knows that you NEVER buy land from the military or from a member of the military. My friend rented a house from a Cambodian General and a year after he moved out, police came and arrested his wife without giving a reason. It was the General that had her arrested and he demanded that my friend pay $60,000 to the General because of damages to the house. In all actuality my friend turned the dilapidated house into a very nice place AND he did it legally. Everything he did on the property was approved in writing by the general and his lawyer but paperwork and contracts in cambodia don't mean squat. My friend didn't have 60,000$ and so his wife had to stay in prison for 4 months while he sold everything he owned and borrowed as much money as possible from his friends and family. He tried to take it up the chain of command and go to a higher general, but every lawyer and official said they couldn't do anything. Everyday my friend had to go to the prison to bring his wife food and water (they don't provide those things in prison here) and he had to pay the guards off everyday so they wouldn't rape his wife. He finally got the money and paid the General and his wife was released. Just one example how Cambodia is more of an anarchy than anything else.
  by: shaohu     10/13/2009 12:49 PM     
  about the General in the above comment  
the general is in his mid to late 70's.
  by: shaohu     10/13/2009 12:51 PM     
police in that country maybe unreliable and corrupt.
  by: vizhatlan     10/13/2009 06:43 PM     
  @vizhatlan not maybe corrupt  
DEFIANTLY corrupt and unreliable. But in their defense, they are not paid enough to live day to day, so they are forced to bribery and extortion. Its the generals that are downright evil and need to be eradicated.
  by: shaohu     10/14/2009 03:11 AM     
  Thank you  
I know I say it all the time and I do mean it every time. I was showing the girls some of the summaries after they were done with homework and the oldest and I watched the video after she asked. I didn't let the youngest watch because she is 9.

I am glad to hear that Jackie Chan and Oliver Stone will be going there and hopefully something can be done at their meeting. I had tears running down my face while I was reading about your friend and his wife, I just can't imagine having to go through that and because some Bullshit that this old man claimed. It is people like that who needs to go to hell if there actually was one.

I read stories like this about honest people that are being abused and kicked out of their homes, some not even being able to get their belongings when all they want to do is live a quit life and make enough money to feed themselves and it makes me so sad. I then click on a link and see that 5 kids decide to set another on fire because of a $40 video game and I honestly thought why don't we send those little assholes to Cambodia to live for awhile and bring some of those that are in Cambodia over here where they would appreciate the thanks that those punks take for granted. I know it isn't realistic but it can be a thought at least.
  by: TaraB     10/14/2009 04:02 AM     
  Thanks TaraB  
Thanks for the encouraging words.
  by: shaohu     10/14/2009 10:03 AM     
You are very welcome. I am just stunned that more people do not do something to help, even if it is to put what is going on in the media outlets. Maybe Oprah should put her golden touch on Cambodia, after all they say all she has to do is saying something about a product or anything people will rush out and do it or buy it.

I think what you are doing to help over there is very admirable and I wish I was able to do something like you have been. I think you are a true inspiration to me, without your summaries we would never have gotten such information and it being actual been there doing something not just wishing you could inside the states.
  by: TaraB     10/14/2009 10:17 AM     
Shaohu, also i thought the same of they are not paid sufficiently, i don't know with it how the police can operate in order, i think people are not in much security there.
  by: vizhatlan     10/14/2009 11:41 AM     
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