‘War and Peace’…
‘War and Peace’ at the blockades..
For so-called security reasons whole areas in Phnom Penh have been sealed off with barbed wire fences manned with a large number of riot police since the announcement of the 2013 elections results. 68 out of the 123 new lawmakers have been sworn in (the 55 opposition CNRP MP’s boycotted the opening of the new legislature) (see HERE), the country has a new Prime Minister who is the same as for the previous government and for the last 28 years, yet the barricades remain, creating havoc during rush hours and forcing small businesses to adapt to the new environment.
Of course, some refuse to adapt and just rip the poorly conceived fences apart when they want to get past. That is what residents from Boeung Kak lake and Borei Keila did this morning when trying to reach the Daun Penh police station to get back the tuk-tuk which was taken from them during the vicious crackdown by thugs armed with tasers and firing marble balls at their peacefull vigil (see HERE) from September 22nd.