A land dispute between a development company and residents in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district boiled over late Friday night, with villagers setting fire to an excavator that they say company staff were using to raze a crematorium on the disputed plot of land. Villagers say they arrived at the site opposite Prek Liep commune’s Khtor pagoda just before midnight to discover two men using an excavator to demolish the crematorium, which lies on land that the government last year transferred from the pagoda to a development company. An angry mob—which most estimated to be in the hundreds—chased
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