Car burned down in Koh Kong clash

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL -

AT LEAST one car be­long­ing to Wildlife Al­liance in Koh Kong prov­ince was set ablaze by more than 300 pro­test­ers on Wed­nes­day af­ter the con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties al­legedly de­stroyed their cash crops in the newly es­tab­lished Tatai Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice chief Sam Khit Vean said on Thurs­day that the pro­test­ers threw Molo­tov cock­tails at the car. He said no one was in­jured in the al­ter­ca­tion.

“Af­ter the protest, pro­vin­cial hall of­fi­cials in­vited both par­ties to ne­go­ti­ate but there have been no com­pro­mise yet,” he said.

An­gry pro­test­ers said the NGO had led Mil­i­tary Po­lice and en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment of­fi­cials to fell more than 200 of their durian and mango trees on Tues­day, claim­ing they were grown in the con­ser­va­tion area.

Pro­vin­cial en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment di­rec­tor Mon Phalla de­nied that his rangers had de­stroyed the crops.

“Be­fore felling the trees, I didn’t know whether the NGO of­fi­cers had in­formed the own­ers, so I in­structed my rangers not to fell the trees,” he said.

Wildlife Al­liance pro­gramme di­rec­tor Nick Marx said on Thurs­day that he had not re­ceived a re­port about the in­ci­dent.

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