Cambodian villagers honor slain environmentalist

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – A prominent environmentalist who was fatally shot last month by a policeman after investigating illegal logging was mourned Friday by more than 500 villagers who gathered in a forest that the activist had sought to protect.The memorial for Chut Wutty was in Koh Kong province in a forest near where the activist was killed after taking two journalists to look at a logging camp where a Chinese company is building a hydropower project. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 0 Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Chut Wutty’s killing on April 26 drew worldwide condemnation and highlighted conflicts over land in Cambodia.“We want to send a very clear message to the illegal loggers that we are not afraid of them,” ceremony organizer and rights activist Ou Virak said in a telephone interview.The government says a military policeman shot Chut Wutty during a heated argument, and then killed himself as a colleague tried to wrest his gun away from him.Human rights and environmental groups have demanded a full investigation.Chut Wutty was aggressive in his work, and environmentalists say he earned powerful enemies. Illegal logging is rampant in Cambodia, and often occurs under the protection of government agencies or important people, environmental groups have charged. Some protests against land grabs by influential people in recent years have been suppressed with deadly force.On Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a directive temporarily suspending new land concessions to private companies in an effort to ease political pressure over the issue.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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