Phnom Penh, (SCB Press)–Cambodia’s indigenous people plan to hold peaceful rally march in Ratanakiri’s Banlung city on 19 March to protest against land grabbing and rampant illegal logging in their community according to letter issued today from Ratanakiri ADHOC Office to provincial hall.
The protest march will have 1000 indigenous people from different affected communities of Ratanakiri to participate in the march. The letter stated that the marcher will first rally at ADHOC Office in Ratanakiri to pray for help from ancestor spirit and then walk from office across key departments and offices of the province which those are Department of Transpiration, Agriculture, Information, Ratanakiri Forestry Administration Office, Court House, Provincial Hall and provincial roundabout before return to provincial ADHOC office.
However, provincial hall has not yet responded to the requested letter, ADHOC provincial coordinator Pen Bonnar acknowledged. The planned march on 19 March wo12 will be the fifth. The march was first held in December 2007.
Land grabbing creates tension and conflicts nationwide between local people and business people or individual powerful people who stand up to protect their land.