The Commerce Ministry has threatened to take unspecified legal “measures” against anyone joining a protest against a sugarcane plantation who does not have a personal claim in the dispute.
The ministry issued the warning on Thursday, two days after villagers from Oddar Meanchey province held a press conference in Phnom Penh to urge the government to let them resettle on the land they were evicted from several years ago to make way for a trio of Thai-owned sugarcane plantations.
Mitr Phol, Thailand’s biggest sugar producer, pulled out of Cambodia two years ago amid the controversy, but the government has resisted the evictees’ calls to let them reclaim the land.
“In case it is found that people who come to protest are not personally affected by a sugarcane plantation economic land concession, the Royal Government of Cambodia will take measures against those people following the law,” the Commerce Ministry statement says.
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