Armed lumberjacks lay siege to forest check post in Dak Lak Province

Armed lumberjacks surrounded the Ea Khal forest check post belonging to the Rung Xanh Forestry Company in Cu K’bang Commune of Ea Sup District in the Central Highland Province of Dak Lak on Monday morning, threatening the company rangers inside.

Nguyen Van Dinh, director of the Rung Xanh Forestry Company said that soon after surrounding the check post, the lumberjacks threatened the company employees inside and destroyed their motorcycles parked outside.

By 1pm on the same day local authorities arrived at the scene and managed to persuade the lumberjacks to leave.

The lumberjacks were retaliating against a raid conducted by Rung Xanh Company rangers in Area 207 of the forest in Cu K’bang Commune, in which they destroyed 22 illegal lumberjack camps, seized 4 musket rifles and threw out tens of lumberjacks who were stealthily chopping trees in the forest.

By Cong Hoan – Translated by Hai Mien

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