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Celebrating The End Of A Revolution…

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Belgium celebrates its existence on July 21st. On that day in 1831, Leopold Saxe-Cobourg swore allegiance to the constitution and became the first king of Belgium, putting an end to a revolution and institutionalising a de facto independence gained from the Netherlands after rioters were joined by opera goers (shortened version of Belgian history). And […]

No Changes…

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The ‘Foire du Midi’ or ‘Zuidfoor’, an annual fair located in the center of the city of Brussels has been going on since 1885, a few days before the celebrations of the Belgian Independence Day, allowing all those who cannot afford to go on a holiday to enjoy some entertainment. Besides bigger and scarier attractions, […]

Judicial Machine Rolling…

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The 5 opposition CNRP lawmakers who were arrested for incitement to violence following yesterday’s outbursts of violence (see HERE) during a demonstration requesting freedom of speech are being tried at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. About 500 CNRP supporters gathered at the blockade set up by the riot police to prevent access to the court, […]

Violence Calls For Violence…

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The notoriously violent Municipal Security Guards for the first time took a serious beating today at a rallye called by the opposition CNRP requesting that ‘Freedom Park’, fenced off by barbed wire and a 24h presence of riot police since a violent crackdown of striking workers in the aftermath of the 2013 elections, be returned […]

Boeung Kak Still Knocking At The Gates

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Boeung Kak lake community members, some carrying model houses, held a demonstration in front of the Phnom Penh Municipality, seeking a final resolution for their 7-year-long struggle after a private company obtained a 133 hectares area and proceeded evicting 3000 of the 4000 families living there. This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for […]

Episode 3, Day 2, Part 1: Where Is The Fervour?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Where is the fervour which was swelling the streets of Phnom Penh during the previous ceremonies around the passing away of King Norodom Shanouk? Where has it gone? Besides invited groups and boy-scouts which were provided with plastic flowers and small photographs of the late King, concentrated along Sihanouk and Sothearos Boulevards, the carefully choreographed […]

Episode 3, Day 1, Part 2 of King Sihanouk Funeral…

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A somehow subdued ceremony was held in front of the Royal Palace in the afternoon of the 1st of 3 days of ceremonies for the transfer of late King Norodom Sihanouk’s ashes to a stupa inside the Royal Palace compound. Was it the presence of a delegation of opposition CNRP lawmakers, led by its Vice […]

Day 1 Of Ashes Ceremony

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Some of the ahe ashes of late King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased in Beijing on October 15th 2012, will be transferred from the Royal Palace to a stupa within the compound. About 1,000 buddhist monks received alms in front of the palace , before entering through the side door and starting a 3-day long ceremony. The […]