Culture clash; new farmers protest, burn down wildlife sanctuary hut.

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Re: Culture clash; new farmers protest, burn down wildlife sanctuary hut.

Postby Jerry Atrick » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:19 am

Anarchic land clearance by villagers and lay persons must account for a large chunk of all deforested land each year.

I constantly see whole villages clearing 50/100ha by burning and cutting. Then they erect wooden huts and plant a few banana trees and don't return for a year or so, at which point they plant cassava immediately.


Not poor either. Most houses have cars, a few Motos and other irons in the fire.
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Re: Culture clash; new farmers protest, burn down wildlife sanctuary hut.

Postby Anchor Moy » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:27 pm

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Ranger station razed by mob
Mon, 20 March 2017

A mob of some 60 men burned down an environmental ranger station inside Mondulkiri’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday, allegedly as revenge against rangers who had previously stopped them from clearing forest, an official said yesterday.

Keo Sopheak, provincial environmental department director, said the men rode motorbikes and carried more than 10 petrol bottles to the station, where two environmental rangers and two military policemen were temporarily staying.

“About 60 unknown men stormed into the station with their faces covered with scarves,” he said.

Some of them, he said, talked to the rangers while others managed to set the station on fire from behind.

“They threw more than 10 bottles of gasoline into the station, which was completely destroyed by the blaze and then they escaped,” he said.
Though the men have not yet been identified, Sopheak said he suspected they were a group who had previously been illegally clearing land inside the wildlife sanctuary but were stopped by rangers...
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/r ... -razed-mob

Lucky no one was killed.
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Re: Culture clash; new farmers protest, burn down wildlife sanctuary hut.

Postby hanno » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:28 am

Seima is a hot-spot. One of the last bits of good forest left but everyone wants it, including the local police chief...

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