Kampong Speu: villagers block road they say companies damaged

Villagers block a road in Kampong Speu province on Monday during a protest against quarry trucks using the road. Photo supplied

Villagers block a road in Kampong Speu province on Monday during a protest against quarry trucks using the road

3 Feb – A hundred people from 10 villages in Kampong Speu on Monday blocked a road to a mountain where construction supply companies operate rock quarries.

Villagers had complained for years that three companies damaged the road with their trucks but avoided paying compensation despite promises.

Two of the companies, HTTK and Khmer ISS, belong to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s nephew, Hun To. The third is a Chinese company whose name the activists and local authorities said they didn’t know.

“We have been waiting for [them to keep] their promise but we don’t see them taking any action,” said Kong Sameurn, a farmer in Phnom Sruoch district.

The villagers requested that all three companies set a timetable to fix the road and pay compensation.

Hun To defended himself yesterday, saying his companies are just two out of six or seven that are active in the area.

“Do not blame me just because I have relatives or connections with the government,” he said. “My companies have the legal right to work here.”

Sam Tith Seyha, a human rights monitor for rights group LICADHO, said that villagers would continue to block the road until the companies agree to negotiate.

Previous complaints by villagers bore no results, “because the authorities have less power than the companies”, he said.

NZ: Vandals attack MP Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office

A window was smashed and fuel found inside Gerry Brownlee's Ilam office on Monday morning.

1 Feb – Vandals have smashed a window and poured or thrown fuel inside MP Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office.

Police were called to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister’s office in Greers Rd, Ilam, on Monday morning after staff discovered the building had been damaged.

Detective inspector Greg Murton said CCTV footage showed two men breaking a window to gain access to the Earthquake Recovery Minister’s Greers Rd office just after 3am.

They poured accelerant in a ground floor room, then left shortly after.

Police are appealing to the public to help identify these two vandals who broke into MP Gerry Brownlee's office early Monday morning.

“They appear to have approached the property heading south-west along Greers Road and have left the scene in the opposite direction heading north-east,” Murton said in a statement.

It was believed the two men arrived and left on motorcycles, wearing identical clothing and “distinctive trainers”.

A scene examination was carried out on Monday, and police were working with Brownlee’s office, Murton said.

Cambodia: Residents protest land clearing on Chroy Changvar peninsula

Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation uses bulldozers to clear land on Phnom Penh's Chroy Changvar peninsula yesterday.

Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation uses bulldozers to clear land on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula

26 Jan – Several families yesterday burned tyres to protest the bulldozing of their land to make way for a road that will run next to a billion-dollar satellite city project on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula.

Built by City Hall, the road will be set 100 metres west of National Road 6A. It will run alongside the Chroy Changva Satellite City, planned by tycoon Pung Khieu Se’s Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation, which is embroiled in a land dispute with six communities living on the site.

As four bulldozers levelled plots they claim belong to them and security guards watched on, the families said they were offered inadequate compensation in exchange for about a third of their holdings.

“We are not against building the road, but the company and authorities should compensate us . . . in advance; don’t just come and clear our land like this,” said Uy Phary, who claimed she was offered $15 per square metre for land which she believed is worth $400 per square metre.

Her neighbour, Hul Savoeun, 45, said she had owned the property since 1993 and called the clearing of her crops and fence a “serious offence”.

Chroy Changvar District Governor Klang Huot said compensation would only go to residents whose houses are threatened by the road, calling those with who were only losing parts of their “huge land” narrow-minded and greedy.

Australia: Statement on the disruption of Melbourne Pride 2016

Insurrection News

aSTATEMENT ON THE DISRUPTION ON MELBOURNE PRIDE 2016

Today at the Melbourne ‘Pride’ March, on Boon Wurrung land, a group of queer and transgender activists staged a peaceful sit-in with the aim of disrupting the march. We drew attention to the ties of ‘Pride’ with environmentally destructive and socially unjust corporations as well as police and political parties that institutionalise oppressive systems.

Our group wanted to remind people that ‘Pride’ is not simply a celebration, but a protest fighting for liberation for everyone harmed by heteronormativity, cisnormativity, misogyny, ableism, racism and other forms of oppression.

Several onlookers – many of whom were drinking alcohol at the adjacent pub – violently assaulted us. They sprayed us with a hose, threw large buckets of dyed yellow water, threw glass bottles and some attempted to violently take a transgender flag. Victoria Police and some Pride attendees also assaulted a physically and visibly disabled…

View original post 451 more words