Woman Miscarries After Police Beating

A CAMBODIAN woman had a miscarriage after she and another pregnant protester were beaten by police during a crackdown on a land rally.

cambodia-land-rights-protestThe 33-year-old woman, who was 10 weeks’ pregnant, miscarried after being hit during a “heavy crackdown”, the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) said in a statement.

She was among around 100 people who blocked the road outside a municipal building in central Phnom Penh, in the second protest of its kind to be broken up with violence.

The protesters from Phnom Penh’s lakeside area are demanding more compensation or the return of land given by the government to a Chinese company for a commercial development.

Police initially tried to drag the protesters from the road but they resisted, prompting officers to beat them, an eyewitness said on condition of anonymity.

The woman was rushed to the hospital where the miscarriage was confirmed.

Phnom Penh’s police chief declined to comment about the alleged incident.


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