LICHADO Official Beaten by Cambodia’s Security Forces During Land Protest

On Monday Oct 10, 2016, Doun Penh district security forces attacked the demonstrators who carried lotus flowers, banged drums, waived the national flag and unfurled banners demanding a fair solution to a land-grab dispute.

2016.10.11
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LICHADO official Am Sam Ath, after being attacked by security forces, Oct. 10, 2016. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service

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Am Sam Ath, technical supervisor for rights group Licadho, walks away after being beaten on Monday during a protest in Phnom Penh. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service

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LICHADO official Am Sam Ath as he receives a beating by Doun Penh district security forces, Oct. 10, 2016. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service

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Protesters clash with district security guards while marching to the Land Management Ministry to deliver a petition denouncing forced land seizures, Oct. 10, 2016. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service

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Protesters march to the Land Management Ministry to deliver a petition denouncing land seizures, Oct. 10, 2016. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service

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Protesters including children march to the Land Management Ministry to deliver a petition denouncing land seizures, Oct. 10, 2016. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service

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Protesters, some using model homes, march to the Land Management Ministry to deliver a petition denouncing land seizures, Oct. 10, 2016. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service

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Evictees and land rights activists gather to mark the belated World Habitat Day, Oct. 10, 2016. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service

Protestors and human rights observers told RFA’s Khmer Service the attacks were a surprise. Am Sam Ath, a senior coordinator for the rights group LICADHO, was monitoring the event when he was severely beaten, suffering blows to the face, neck and head. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service

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