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The Borei Keila community which was cheated into a flawed on-site development by Suy Sophan, owner of development firm Phan Imex, and now live in disgracefull conditions following their eviction in January 2012, marched to City Hall to burn an effigy of the lady and request the authorities finally decide upon their fate regarding plots of land they were promised as a replacement.

This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community reflected in the windows of Vattanace tower during a march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community reflected in the windows of Vattanace tower during a march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community in front of the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community in front of the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community in front of the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community in front of the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Security guards extinguish the fire of a burning effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated evicted members of the Borei Keila community out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Security guards extinguish the fire of a burning effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated evicted members of the Borei Keila community out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

Six unions (N.I.F.TU.C., U.M.W., F.U.F., N.T.U.C. and TUF.W) managed to gather about 1000 garment workers with pink T-shirts with ‘We Need Decent Wages’ written on the back at Freedom Park. Other important unions did not show up for this demonstration which was asking for a monthly salary of 150$US.

After a garbled National Anthem, followed by 15 seconds of the 1-minute silence for the workers who were killed by the army beginning of this year, and speeches by the union leaders, part of the protesters went on an embassy tour (the U.S. and the E.U.) to deliver petitions, had a stopover at the memorial for Chea Vichea (for which the security barriers set up by the police to prevent the demonstrators from accessing Independence Monument and the Prime Minister’s residence were pushed back 20 meters) and finally disbanded at the National Assembly.

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CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Workers in front of the memorial to slain union leader Chea Vichea during a march when six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Workers in front of the memorial to slain union leader Chea Vichea during a march when six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Workers from the provinces arriving in trucks when six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Workers from the provinces arriving in trucks when six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Bling-bling smartphone used when six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Bling-bling smartphone used when six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Workers from the provinces arriving in trucks when six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Workers from the provinces arriving in trucks when six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Pao Cina and Seang Sambath, union leaders, address the crowd when six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Pao Cina and Seang Sambath, union leaders, address the crowd when six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/10/2014: Six garment factory unions, representing a fraction of the 600,000 workers employed in that sector, gathered about 1,000 workers for a demonstration at Freedom Park, asking for a monthly wage of 150$US.

The quiet Phnom Penh morning picked up a little bit of steam with about 150 factory workers from Y&W Garment hopping from one place to another to deliver petitions. It went from the Municipal Court to the National Assembly, followed by the Senate.

It seems the authorities have modified their strategy since a couple of weeks regarding petitioners: reduce police presence or at least proximity, hide the security guards, get three to five representatives to deliver their petition as fast as possible. The result is satisfied petitioners, a reduced protest time and less nuisance for the traffic. Who wouldn’t be happy with that?

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CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Factory workers demonstrate in front of the Senate before delivering a petition. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for increased benefits and the reinstatement of two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Factory workers demonstrate in front of the Senate before delivering a petition. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for increased benefits and the reinstatement of two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Factory workers demonstrate in front of the Senate before delivering a petition. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for increased benefits and the reinstatement of two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Factory workers demonstrate in front of the Senate before delivering a petition. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for increased benefits and the reinstatement of two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Factory workers returning to their factory after having delivered a petition to various places in the capital. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for invcreased benefits and the reinstatement of the two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Factory workers returning to their factory after having delivered a petition to various places in the capital. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for invcreased benefits and the reinstatement of the two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Factory workers returning to their factory after having delivered a petition to various places in the capital. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for invcreased benefits and the reinstatement of the two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Factory workers returning to their factory after having delivered a petition to various places in the capital. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for invcreased benefits and the reinstatement of the two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Union leader checking on a slip of paper given to those workers at the factory gate who return to work after having delivered a petition at the National Assembly. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for invcreased benefits and the reinstatement of the two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Union leader checking on a slip of paper given to those workers at the factory gate who return to work after having delivered a petition at the National Assembly. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for invcreased benefits and the reinstatement of the two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Union leader checking on a slip of paper given to those workers at the factory gate who return to work after having delivered a petition at the National Assembly. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for invcreased benefits and the reinstatement of the two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Union leader checking on a slip of paper given to those workers at the factory gate who return to work after having delivered a petition at the National Assembly. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for invcreased benefits and the reinstatement of the two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Factory workers in front of the gates after having delivered a petition to various places in Phnom Penh. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for invcreased benefits and the reinstatement of the two union delegates who were fired.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: Factory workers in front of the gates after having delivered a petition to various places in Phnom Penh. The 1,500 workers at Y&W Garment factory are striking since Monday last week for invcreased benefits and the reinstatement of the two union delegates who were fired.

Slow morning today… A small delegation of evicted villagers from Koh Kong province showed up to deliver a petition at the National Assembly. That’s it. But the day is not over yet…

Time to tackle the keywording backlog of nearly 3000 photographs in the database…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: A small delegation from several villages in Koh Kong province, embroiled in a land issue, give their identities to the guard at the gate before delivering a petition to the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: A small delegation from several villages in Koh Kong province, embroiled in a land issue, give their identities to the guard at the gate before delivering a petition to the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: A small delegation from several villages in Koh Kong province, embroiled in a land issue, talk to the press before delivering a petition to the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/10/2014: A small delegation from several villages in Koh Kong province, embroiled in a land issue, talk to the press before delivering a petition to the National Assembly.

So, this was the fifth and supposedly the last day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstrations which roamed the streets of Phnom Penh lately. It was all triggered by a spokesman from the Vietnamese embassy who said during a radio interview last June that Kampuchea Krom belonged to Vietnam long before its official annexation in 1949. These few words were enough to revive strong anti-Vietnamese feelings among a fraction of the population, and most certainly made the buddhist monks from Kampuchea Krom who live now in Phnom Penh very angry. As for the requested apologies from the Vietnamese embassy, the protesters are still waiting…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Seun Hay, monk from Kampuchea Krom (x bullhorn) and other buddhist monks at the front of a march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Seun Hay, monk from Kampuchea Krom (x bullhorn) and other buddhist monks at the front of a march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Protesters at Freedom Park starting to march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Protesters at Freedom Park starting to march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Sim Sok Vandy, head monk from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) (l), and protesters meditate in front of a drawing depicting a man and the writing 'Vietnam thieves and robbers' at the beginning of the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Sim Sok Vandy, head monk from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) (l), and protesters meditate in front of a drawing depicting a man and the writing 'Vietnam thieves and robbers' at the beginning of the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Organiser fainting from exhaustion and a lack of food on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Organiser fainting from exhaustion and a lack of food on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Homeless father and child at the railway station while buddhist monks take a rest during a march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Homeless father and child at the railway station while buddhist monks take a rest during a march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, leading a march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, leading a march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, leading a march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, leading a march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, burning Vietnamese banners in front of the Vietnamese embassy on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, burning Vietnamese banners in front of the Vietnamese embassy on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Protesters lighting joss sticks in front of the Vietnamese emlbassy on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Protesters lighting joss sticks in front of the Vietnamese emlbassy on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Homeless father and child at the railway station while buddhist monks take a rest during a march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Homeless father and child at the railway station while buddhist monks take a rest during a march on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, addressing the crowd gathered at the Vietnamese embassy on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, addressing the crowd gathered at the Vietnamese embassy on the fifth and momentarily last day of a demonstration protesting the annexation by Vietnam of Kampuchea Krom back in 1949.

The 150 demonstrators from the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association who had been marching to the National Assembly in the morning to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949, continued their march towards the Vietnamese embassy with a stopover at the United Nations Human Rights office where a petition was delivered. Singing and fingerpointing the Vietnamese embassy ended the demonstration around 4:30 PM.

Again tomorrow…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Buddhist monks on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Buddhist monks on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, presenting a petition at the United Nations Human Rights office on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, presenting a petition at the United Nations Human Rights office on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, leading a march to the Vietnamese embassy on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, leading a march to the Vietnamese embassy on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Buddhist monks on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Buddhist monks on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Demonstrators write 'Vietnam Thieves' with stickers appealing for a boycott of Vietnamese products on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Demonstrators write 'Vietnam Thieves' with stickers appealing for a boycott of Vietnamese products on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Demonstrators showing stickers calling for a boycott of Vietnamese products on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Demonstrators showing stickers calling for a boycott of Vietnamese products on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Crowd singing and holding hands in front of the Vietnamese embassy on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Crowd singing and holding hands in front of the Vietnamese embassy on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Crowd singing and holding hands in front of the Vietnamese embassy on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Crowd singing and holding hands in front of the Vietnamese embassy on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, at the Vietnamese embassy on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, at the Vietnamese embassy on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Buddhist monks on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Buddhist monks on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Crowd singing and pointing their finger at the Vietnamese embassy on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Crowd singing and pointing their finger at the Vietnamese embassy on the afternoon of the 4th day of the anti-Vietnamese demonstration organised by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association to protest the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

The moderate faction of the anti-Vietnamese Kampuchea Krom demonstrators, some 100 protesters led by Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, patiently waited for the inauguration ceremony of the new Calmette hospital wing attended by King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen to be finished, before starting a march towards the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Buddhist monks on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Buddhist monks on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Real Camerin, CNRP lawmaker, eating noodles on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Real Camerin, CNRP lawmaker, eating noodles on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Extreme usage of stickers calling for a boycott of Vietnamese products on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Extreme usage of stickers calling for a boycott of Vietnamese products on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Extreme usage of stickers calling for a boycott of Vietnamese products on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Extreme usage of stickers calling for a boycott of Vietnamese products on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Buddhist monks on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Buddhist monks on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Thach Setha, leader of the Kampuchea Khmer Krom Association, addressing the 100-strong crowd in front of the National Assembly on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/10/2014: Thach Setha, leader of the Kampuchea Khmer Krom Association, addressing the 100-strong crowd in front of the National Assembly on day 4 of an anti-Vietnam demonstration about Kampuchea Krom, a territory which, according to the demonstrators, was illegally annexed by Vietnam in 1949.

Today is World Habitat Day, and more than 800 people gathered in the streets of Phnom Penh to celebrate that one special day recognising their issue.

Remember: about 11% of the Cambodian population has been, at one point or another, a victim of a land issue since 2000. That is a lot of people. That is a lot of cropped up anger. Some of it was vented today through the demonstration’s loudspeakers which were taken to the National Assembly and the park in front of Wat Bothum.

A few members of the other land issue which preoccupies a lot of Cambodians, namely the territory of Kampuchea Krom which they claim was unrightfully grabbed by Vietnam in 1949, took advantage of the concentration of discontented people to distribute a booklet about their version of history.

UPDATE: at 16:45 I added photographs of people burning Dong during the Kampuchea Krom demonstration at the Vietnamese embassy.

PS: ‘Quest for Land‘, an in-depth reportage with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs on land issues in Cambodia since 2000 is available as an iApp on iTunes HERE.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues venting their anger in front of the National Assembly on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues venting their anger in front of the National Assembly on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Distribution of lotus flowers to some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrating in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Distribution of lotus flowers to some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrating in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Distribution of straw hats to some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrating in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Distribution of straw hats to some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrating in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Distribution of a booklet about Kampuchea Krom to some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrating in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Distribution of a booklet about Kampuchea Krom to some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrating in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Activists requesting the return of Kampuchea Krom to Cambodia gather at Freedom Park.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Activists requesting the return of Kampuchea Krom to Cambodia gather at Freedom Park.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Soeun Hen, buddhist monk and convinced Kampuchea Krom activist, burning Vietnamese Dong on the 3rd day of anti-Vietnam demonstrations in front of the Vietnam Embassy regarding the Kampuchea Krom issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Soeun Hen, buddhist monk and convinced Kampuchea Krom activist, burning Vietnamese Dong on the 3rd day of anti-Vietnam demonstrations in front of the Vietnam Embassy regarding the Kampuchea Krom issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: People burning Vietnamese Dong on the 3rd day of anti-Vietnam demonstrations in front of the Vietnam Embassy regarding the Kampuchea Krom issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: People burning Vietnamese Dong on the 3rd day of anti-Vietnam demonstrations in front of the Vietnam Embassy regarding the Kampuchea Krom issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: People burning Vietnamese Dong on the 3rd day of anti-Vietnam demonstrations in front of the Vietnam Embassy regarding the Kampuchea Krom issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: People burning Vietnamese Dong on the 3rd day of anti-Vietnam demonstrations in front of the Vietnam Embassy regarding the Kampuchea Krom issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Sin Hay, buddhist monk and convinced Kampuchea Krom activist, talks to the press on the 3rd day of anti-Vietnam demonstrations in front of the Vietnam Embassy regarding the Kampuchea Krom issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Sin Hay, buddhist monk and convinced Kampuchea Krom activist, talks to the press on the 3rd day of anti-Vietnam demonstrations in front of the Vietnam Embassy regarding the Kampuchea Krom issue.