Frightened and scared for their futures- they have been threatened with forced eviction from their homes- they had painted SOS and displayed larges images of President Obama on the roofs of their houses.
But what else could they do? The courts don't work and it's the politicians themselves who are often at the forefront of the Cambodian land-grabs.
Held for hours in police cells the villagers were finally released after thumb-printing a document agreeing not to protest again.
|Image by: SAMRANG PRING / Reuters|
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