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A Straight Line But Avoiding Traps…

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, opposition CNRP co-Presidents, major CNRP representatives and some 400 followers attended a ceremony honouring the workers killed during the Veng Sreng road crackdown (see HERE) at the CNRP headquarters. At the issue of the ceremony Sam Rainsy vowed to continue to put pressure on the current government, saying that the […]

It Was A Lot About Death Today…

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

First the (unauthorised) commemoration of the 347 young souls who were crushed to death during a stampede on the Koh Pich bridge at the 2010 Water Festival (see part of the story HERE). It was organised by the opposition CNRP, one day ahead of the official (and obviously authorised) commemoration which will be held by […]

Pchum Ben Exodus 2013…

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Phnom Penh is going through its annual drainage: citizens are leaving for their home village to celebrate the spirits of their ancestors during the week-long Pchum Ben festival. More on Pchum Ben HERE…

Remembering the 1997 Grenade Attack…

Monday, September 30th, 2013

On the occasion of Pchum Ben, Sam Rainsy, opposition CNRP President, hurt in his flesh during the March 1997 grenade attack on a demonstration by the Sam Rainsy Party in front of the previous National Assembly building which left 16 dead, has commemorated the assassination attempt together with relatives of the victims, the opposition CNRP […]

Pchum Ben Time Again…

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

It is that time of the year again. All the Cambodians, old and young, rich and poor, flock to the pagodas to pay respect and pray to the spirits of their ancestors. The roads are crowded, the journeys hazardous, the pick-up trucks overloaded. In the first ten months of 2012, 1589 people were killed in […]

King N. Sihanouk Funeral. Aftermath…

Monday, February 11th, 2013

The ‘Veal Meru’ or cremation site (see the previous days here), is now open to the public. All the public. Not only the Cambodians. A good opportunity to sell the remaining stock of photographs of King Norodom Sihanouk or unrelated balloons. And also to knock on what looks like a solid construction and find out […]

King N. Sihanouk Funeral, Last Days 11

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

So… May his ashes rest in peace after a turbulent life. With a final procession the remains of King Norodom Sihanouk (see here and here) were carried from the ‘Veal Meru’, or cremation ground, to the Royal Palace, accompanied by his son King Norodom Sihamoni and his wife Queen Mother Monineath. We will now see […]

King N. Sihanouk Funeral, Last Days 10

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

It turned out to be an in-between-day. I thought the remaining ashes from late King Norodom Sihanouk (see here or here) were going to be transported from the ‘Veal Meru’ or cremation site, to the Royal Palace this morning. But no. It will be tomorrow morning. There is already a slight feeling of ‘it is […]