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A Time for Madison dancing?

Right… So some 1000 kids broke the Madison Dance world record in front of Wat Botum last saturday. Great. They are happy. They are proud that Cambodians can achieve such an important feat which I am sure (am I?) will put their country on the front page of the News. And why not?

It is just that at the same time they were dancing, back in Kandal province, a Buddhist ceremony was held for the body of Chut Wutty, an environment activist. Mr. Chut was killed the day before with bullets fired by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces while investigating illegal logging in Koh Kong province, together with two reporters from the Cambodia Daily.

There is something very wrong in the Kingdom of Wonder.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: Onlookers when 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: Onlookers when 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: Taking souvenir photographs. 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: Taking souvenir photographs. 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: Taking souvenir photographs. 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/04/2012: Taking souvenir photographs. 'Looy9', a BBC fund program for the youth, organises a Madison dance to break the Guiness World Record detained by a French group of 450.

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