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The Khmer Kampuchea Krom community gathered about 300 people at Freedom Park for a forum about Kampuchea Krom’s lingering destiny. What is claimed by many Cambodians as an annexation of Khmer territory by Vietnam in 1949, is a tough to crack bone of contention, fed both by ultranationalistic feelings and an age-old distrust in the Vietnamese.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Son Soubert, member of the Constitutional Council, at a public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Son Soubert, member of the Constitutional Council, at a public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Thach Setha, president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community, talking to the press at a public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Community Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Thach Setha, president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community, talking to the press at a public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Community Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

The community of Borei Keila which was forcefully evicted in January 2012 after countless intimidations, lies and cheatings since 2007 (see HERE), held a demonstration in front of the municipality building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/09/2014: The evicted Borei Keila community prepare for a demonstration in front of the municipality building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/09/2014: The evicted Borei Keila community prepare for a demonstration in front of the municipality building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/09/2014: The evicted Borei Keila community prepare for a demonstration in front of the municipality building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/09/2014: The evicted Borei Keila community prepare for a demonstration in front of the municipality building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/09/2014: The evicted Borei Keila community prepare for a demonstration in front of the municipality building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/09/2014: The evicted Borei Keila community prepare for a demonstration in front of the municipality building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/09/2014: The evicted Borei Keila community at a demonstration in front of the municipality building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/09/2014: The evicted Borei Keila community at a demonstration in front of the municipality building.

Wat Chas, Wat Samaki Raingsey, Boeung Kak lake: they are a few of the places in the capital where evicted villagers from all over the country flock to to try and draw attention on their land issue. Unlike 10 years ago, when the evicted would gather in the gardens in front of Wat Botum, they now can count on assistance from grass roots land rights activists or buddhist monks who guide them through the steps to make their voice heard.

A complete set of photographs will soon be available on my website…

See also HERE

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: Protest tools stored at the headquarters of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: Protest tools stored at the headquarters of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang in Kampong Chhnang province are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang in Kampong Chhnang province are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang in Kampong Chhnang province are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang in Kampong Chhnang province are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: A monk from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) visits evicted villagers from Lor Peang in Kampong Chhnang province who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: A monk from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) visits evicted villagers from Lor Peang in Kampong Chhnang province who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: Cellphones from the evicted villagers from Lor Peang in Kampong Chhnang province hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists are loading power.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: Cellphones from the evicted villagers from Lor Peang in Kampong Chhnang province hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists are loading power.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang in Kampong Chhnang province are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang in Kampong Chhnang province are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists.

I was not happy with this morning’s photographs… So here are 11 from this afternoon…

The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach, Kampong Chhnang) are staying with the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists since a few weeks. They have no other place to go anyhow. It allows them to reach those in charge and put pressure on them to find a solution to their issue. And as a bonus here they are learning the tricks of the protest trade through the experienced advice of the Boeung Kak ladies.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villager from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) who has found a safe haven for his community within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, resting amidst photocopies of official documents related to their case.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villager from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) who has found a safe haven for his community within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, resting amidst photocopies of official documents related to their case.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Photocopies of official documents regarding their land belonging to evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Photocopies of official documents regarding their land belonging to evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villager from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) who has found a safe haven for his community within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, works on his computer.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villager from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) who has found a safe haven for his community within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, works on his computer.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

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.

About 60 demonstrators from Lor Peang, during an orderly and short event taken in hand by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, marched along Monivong boulevard to the U.S. Embassy, delivered a petition (number how much again?) and walked back. The whole thing was wrapped up by 9:30 AM: brief and rather undisturbing. But efficient?

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Villagers evicted from Lor Peang, together with Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, hold a demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Villagers evicted from Lor Peang, together with Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, hold a demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Villagers evicted from Lor Peang, together with Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, hold a demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Villagers evicted from Lor Peang, together with Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, hold a demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Villagers evicted from Lor Peang, together with Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, hold a demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Villagers evicted from Lor Peang, together with Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, hold a demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy.

For the photojournalists reading this weblog: instead of going down South on a pilgrimage to Perpignan’s ‘Visa Pour L’Image’, I suggest you change direction and head North to Noorderlicht’s ‘An Ocean Of Possibilities’ exhibition in Leeuwarden (Netherlands). You might end up feeling less depressed…

And of course you could attend BOTH festivals…

There are about 60 exhibitions around the following topic: “The 21st Noorderlicht International Photofestival is inspired by the growing quest for different means to shape our collective future, in a hopeful answer to the structural failings of our current economic and political systems.”

I was invited to show photographs from those here in Cambodia who are involved in stemming the erosion of their rights.

Links to the festival HERE and to my contribution HERE

Noorderlicht Photofestival 2014

Noorderlicht Photofestival 2014

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 3/01/2012: Stones thrown by residents and by police litter the contested ground during the final eviction of the Borei Keila community.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 3/01/2012: Stones thrown by residents and by police litter the contested ground during the final eviction of the Borei Keila community.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/01/2012: Children evicted from Borei Keila one week earlier demonstrate on Sisowath Quay in central Phnom Penh. They are unable to attend school because their clothes and schoolbooks were destroyed during the eviction.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/01/2012: Children evicted from Borei Keila one week earlier demonstrate on Sisowath Quay in central Phnom Penh. They are unable to attend school because their clothes and schoolbooks were destroyed during the eviction.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/05/2012: Demonstration by Boeung Kak Lake residents in front of the Ministry of Justice, requesting the liberation of 15 members of their community arrested and summarily condemned to 2,5 years of imprisonment.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/05/2012: Demonstration by Boeung Kak Lake residents in front of the Ministry of Justice, requesting the liberation of 15 members of their community arrested and summarily condemned to 2,5 years of imprisonment.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 7/11/2012: Boeung Kak Lake and Borei Keila community members protesting in front of a road block denying access to Appeals Court where Tim Sakmony and Yorm Bopha are being denied bail. Tim Sakmony was arrested when protesting her eviction and was then denied bail because she was disturbing public order and has no proper housing. Yorm Bopha was denied bail because she has no medical documents proving her health problem. Both are imprisoned since more than 2 months.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 7/11/2012: Boeung Kak Lake and Borei Keila community members protesting in front of a road block denying access to Appeals Court where Tim Sakmony and Yorm Bopha are being denied bail. Tim Sakmony was arrested when protesting her eviction and was then denied bail because she was disturbing public order and has no proper housing. Yorm Bopha was denied bail because she has no medical documents proving her health problem. Both are imprisoned since more than 2 months.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 26/12/2012: Hand of supporter behind police blockade at trial of Tim Sakmony and Yorm Bopha at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 26/12/2012: Hand of supporter behind police blockade at trial of Tim Sakmony and Yorm Bopha at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/12/2012: Supporters from the Boeung Kak Lake and the Borei Keila communities demonstrating at the police blockade on the second day of Yorm Bopha's trial.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/12/2012: Supporters from the Boeung Kak Lake and the Borei Keila communities demonstrating at the police blockade on the second day of Yorm Bopha's trial.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/05/2013: Boeung Kak Lake member, fainting in front of the riot police, when demonstrating for a solution on their land issue in front of the Municipality Building, blocking Monivong Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/05/2013: Boeung Kak Lake member, fainting in front of the riot police, when demonstrating for a solution on their land issue in front of the Municipality Building, blocking Monivong Boulevard.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 5/06/2013: Residents of Boeung Kak Lake demonstrate in front of the Appeals Court during the trial of Yorm Bopha, land rights activist and Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 5/06/2013: Residents of Boeung Kak Lake demonstrate in front of the Appeals Court during the trial of Yorm Bopha, land rights activist and Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 2/07/2013: Members of the Boeung Kak Lake community, entangled in a land issue since 2007, try to push past a Police blockade preventing them from demonstrating in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's house on Sihanouk Boulevard.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 2/07/2013: Members of the Boeung Kak Lake community, entangled in a land issue since 2007, try to push past a Police blockade preventing them from demonstrating in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's house on Sihanouk Boulevard.

CAMBODIA. Sre Kor (Stung Treng). 28/02/2013: Members of this indigenous Tampuon minority demonstrate on the Sesan river against the constuction of the Sesan2 dam, which will force them to relocate in the near future.

CAMBODIA. Sre Kor (Stung Treng). 28/02/2013: Members of this indigenous Tampuon minority demonstrate on the Sesan river against the constuction of the Sesan2 dam, which will force them to relocate in the near future.

CAMBODIA. Sre Kor (Stung Treng). 28/02/2013: Indigenous Tampuon villagers looking at the shamane trying to get in touch with the spirit of the river during an annual ceremony next to the Sesan river. The planned Sesan2 dam wil flood their village, forcing them to relocate.

CAMBODIA. Sre Kor (Stung Treng). 28/02/2013: Indigenous Tampuon villagers looking at the shamane trying to get in touch with the spirit of the river during an annual ceremony next to the Sesan river. The planned Sesan2 dam wil flood their village, forcing them to relocate.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 25/06/2013: Workers of the Naga World Casino breaking through a barricade set up by security guards on their 14th strike day about wages and working conditions.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 25/06/2013: Workers of the Naga World Casino breaking through a barricade set up by security guards on their 14th strike day about wages and working conditions.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/12/2013: Riot Police making clear to garment factory workers on a strike to rise their salaries to 160$ per month, and blocking Russian Boulevard at the Ministry of Labour, that they have to break up the demonstration. The salary rise was one of the 7 requests from the opposition CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) during the July 2013 elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/12/2013: Riot Police making clear to garment factory workers on a strike to rise their salaries to 160$ per month, and blocking Russian Boulevard at the Ministry of Labour, that they have to break up the demonstration. The salary rise was one of the 7 requests from the opposition CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) during the July 2013 elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 19/08/2013: Workers of the SL factory stage a strike to demand better wages.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 19/08/2013: Workers of the SL factory stage a strike to demand better wages.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/09/2013: A large police force stops a demonstration by SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd. entangled in long conflict with its direction. The factory is specialized in various wet & dry processes for denim jeans & dyeing treatments for woven items for customers like J.Crew, Levi's, Nautica, Old Navy, Sierra Designs, Union Bay Sportswear, Wrangler, Yessica, Yves Saint Laurent, Zara.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/09/2013: A large police force stops a demonstration by SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd. entangled in long conflict with its direction. The factory is specialized in various wet & dry processes for denim jeans & dyeing treatments for woven items for customers like J.Crew, Levi's, Nautica, Old Navy, Sierra Designs, Union Bay Sportswear, Wrangler, Yessica, Yves Saint Laurent, Zara.

CAMBODIA. Trapeang Kieng (Kampot). 2/12/2013: Schoolchildren receiving didactic material about human rights, distributed before the start of a march by some 50 members from the civil society and a dozen monks who will cover the 150Km between Kampot and Phnom Penh during 10 days to reach the capital on International Human Rights Day, at the same time as other groups on roads 1, 4, 5 and 6.

CAMBODIA. Trapeang Kieng (Kampot). 2/12/2013: Schoolchildren receiving didactic material about human rights, distributed before the start of a march by some 50 members from the civil society and a dozen monks who will cover the 150Km between Kampot and Phnom Penh during 10 days to reach the capital on International Human Rights Day, at the same time as other groups on roads 1, 4, 5 and 6.

CAMBODIA. Trapeang Kieng (Kampot). 2/12/2013: Monks praying during the 2nd day's march by some 50 members from the civil society and a dozen monks who will cover the 150Km between Kampot and Phnom Penh during 10 days to reach the capital on International Human Rights Day, at the same time as other groups on roads 1, 4, 5 and 6.

CAMBODIA. Trapeang Kieng (Kampot). 2/12/2013: Monks praying during the 2nd day's march by some 50 members from the civil society and a dozen monks who will cover the 150Km between Kampot and Phnom Penh during 10 days to reach the capital on International Human Rights Day, at the same time as other groups on roads 1, 4, 5 and 6.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh.02/01/2014: Monk supporting the workers at Yakjin factory who were dispersed in the morning by members of Unit 911 from the RCAF which is stationed nearby, causing 10 injured. Voan Pov, Union Leader, and three monks were beaten and arrested.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh.02/01/2014: Monk supporting the workers at Yakjin factory who were dispersed in the morning by members of Unit 911 from the RCAF which is stationed nearby, causing 10 injured. Voan Pov, Union Leader, and three monks were beaten and arrested.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/02/2014: Beneficiaries holding a poster picturing three of the 23 detained during the military crackdown on striking workers when Mrs Lida, a French-Khmer, distributes food and money collected among the Khmer community in France, to 156 families from Borei Keila, 15 from Boeung Kak lake, the 23 detained during the army crackdown on striking workers the 5 killed and the 30 injured during those protests at Wat Smaky Ransey in Steung Meanchey.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/02/2014: Beneficiaries holding a poster picturing three of the 23 detained during the military crackdown on striking workers when Mrs Lida, a French-Khmer, distributes food and money collected among the Khmer community in France, to 156 families from Borei Keila, 15 from Boeung Kak lake, the 23 detained during the army crackdown on striking workers the 5 killed and the 30 injured during those protests at Wat Smaky Ransey in Steung Meanchey.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/05/2014: Villagers showing photographs of their eviction. About 200 people, evicted from their land in Kratie province are staying at the Samaky Reangsey pagoda since more than 1 month, waiting for a resolution of their problem by the authorities.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/05/2014: Villagers showing photographs of their eviction. About 200 people, evicted from their land in Kratie province are staying at the Samaky Reangsey pagoda since more than 1 month, waiting for a resolution of their problem by the authorities.

It is not going to happen yet, but what if each separate evicted community ended up on the same day in Phnom Penh to demonstrate, each one in front of one specific governmental institution? What would that be called? And will the additional 700 soldiers stationed in Phnom Penh be up to their task of maintaining order without sliding into excessive violence?

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted communities of Lor Peang and Boeung Kak join in a demonstration at the municipality to seek for a solution to their land issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted communities of Lor Peang and Boeung Kak join in a demonstration at the municipality to seek for a solution to their land issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted communities of Lor Peang and Boeung Kak join in a demonstration at the municipality to seek for a solution to their land issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted communities of Lor Peang and Boeung Kak join in a demonstration at the municipality to seek for a solution to their land issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted communities of Lor Peang and Boeung Kak join in a demonstration at the municipality to seek for a solution to their land issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted communities of Lor Peang and Boeung Kak join in a demonstration at the municipality to seek for a solution to their land issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted railway communtiy demonstrating near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to request a satisfying compensation.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted railway communtiy demonstrating near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to request a satisfying compensation.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted railway communtiy demonstrating near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to request a satisfying compensation.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted railway communtiy demonstrating near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to request a satisfying compensation.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted railway communtiy demonstrating near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to request a satisfying compensation.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/09/2014: Evicted railway communtiy demonstrating near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to request a satisfying compensation.

Some 50 villagers from Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin, entangled in a land issue an who are staying at Wat Chas, were prevented from crossing the gate of the pagoda by an important and rather disproportionate force of combined riot police and municipal security guards when they wanted to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house.

Four members of the Boeung Kak lake community who showed up in support of the villagers were promptly arrested and evacuated to the police station.

Two villagers who felt unwell were carried away by LICADHO for medical treatment.

Mr Khleang Hout, governor of Chroy Changvar, came to hear the complaints of the villagers. How the governor of Chroy Changva can resolve land disputes in far-off provinces will probably remain a mystery.

Update: the land rights activist from Boeung Kak lake were released already.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Security guards containing protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Security guards containing protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Police arresting 4 land rights activists from Boeung Kak lake who came to support villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Police arresting 4 land rights activists from Boeung Kak lake who came to support villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Police arresting Tep Vanny and 3 land rights activists from Boeung Kak lake who came to support villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Police arresting Tep Vanny and 3 land rights activists from Boeung Kak lake who came to support villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Security guards armed with steel pipes containing protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Security guards armed with steel pipes containing protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Security guards containing protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Security guards containing protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital give the rubdown treatment to one of them who felt faint. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital give the rubdown treatment to one of them who felt faint. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Security guards containing protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Security guards containing protesting villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Evacuation of a fainting villager who, together with other villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital, when he was protesting. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Evacuation of a fainting villager who, together with other villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues and who were hosted at the Wat Chas pagoda in the capital, when he was protesting. They were prevented to leave the pagoda by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Khleang Hout, governor of Chroy Changvar district, listens to villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues, when being prevented to leave Wat Chas where they were hosted, by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 29/08/2014: Khleang Hout, governor of Chroy Changvar district, listens to villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Pailin entangled in land issues, when being prevented to leave Wat Chas where they were hosted, by security forces and riot police units when they tried to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.