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Teenage girl shot dead in Cambodia land protest
May 17, 2012
Security forces in Cambodia have shot dead a 15-year-old girl who was taking part in a land protest. She was demonstrating against the development of a rubber plantation on farmland in eastern Kratie province. Authorities say local residents, armed with axes and crossbows, would not vacate the area.
This is the latest in a number of clashes over land – last month environmental activist Chut Wutty was killed in a threatened forest region.
Authorities say the land in question is owned by the government, but activists argue villagers have been farming the land for many years and have nowhere else to go if it is developed by a private company.
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Keywords: activist, Asia, Cambodia, police, rights