Siem Reap
A supplied photo showing village residents and security guards on November 11, 2022, in Siem Reap.

Angkor Disputants Pitch Tents in Protest, Made to Leave

Siem Reap families set up camp on disputed land this week in protest of their former farms being used to resettle Angkor park evictees, but have left under threat from authorities, the residents said.

A woman protesting the road expansion in Phnom Penh's Russei Keo district holds an address marker while speaking to a reporter on November 1, 2022. (Hean Rangsy/VOD)

Land Disputes: Protests in Angkor, Petitions in Phnom Penh

Hundreds of residents in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh protested this week over displacement due to an Angkor resettlement plan, the sand-filling of Boeng Tamok lake, and a road expansion project in the capital’s Russei Keo.

A woman clears land in Siem Reap's Run Ta Ek commune, a designated resettlement site for Angkor evictees, on October 8, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Run Ta Ek Residents Say Village Abandoned, Plagued by Joblessness

Villagers who settled two years ago in Run Ta Ek eco-village — where thousands of new Angkor Archaeological Park evictees have been promised plots of land — say that poor living conditions and lack of job prospects have caused many to abandon their homes.