Courtesy of the Toronto Star:
In southern Cambodia, a coalition of NGOs claim that more than 12,000 people have lost their homes, farmland, community forests or grazing land through the development of industrial sugarcane plantations, 10 of which have been linked to CPP senator-tycoon Ly Yong Phat.
With both state and private security forces having been accused of burning crops and shooting livestock, the Clean Sugar Campaign is calling on the European Union to boycott Cambodian “blood sugar” — an export that benefits from a duty- and quota-free EU trade initiative aimed at “fostering development” in the world’s poorest countries.
At Boeung Kak, protests have been quashed by police with riot shields, motorbike helmets and electric batons. Live ammunition and bulldozers have been used at other disputed sites in the city. Elsewhere in the country, the story is much the same.
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