Villagers from all four corners of Cambodia converged on Phnom Penh today, dressed in green, to highlight the problem of large tracts of forest that are being lost to domestic and foreign businesses. Many were dressed in outfits designed to evoke a Khmer-style version of the hit film Avatar, which depicts the struggle of an alien race battling to save their forest from commercial exploitation. Protesters had green painted faces, green shirts and wore a green leaf as a hat. Dozens of the peaceful protesters were then promptly arrested for handing out leaflets, albeit released later without charge. One of the key forested areas, Prey Lang covers 3,600 sq kms covering parts of Preah Vihear, Stung Treng, Kratie and Kompong Thom provinces and is the largest primary lowland dry evergreen forest remaining in both Cambodia and Indochinese Peninsula.
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