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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 President Kem Sokha, which triggered a change of announced plans and kept both the Apsara dancers, all readied with candles, as well as the Queen Mother and her son King Sihamoni inside, behind the gates of the palace?

Besides a few tourists, delighted by the show of colourfull saffran-clad monks in front of the fairy-tale lights of the palace’s walls, there was no public to be seen: a far cry from the throngs of devotees who filled the streets during the previous ceremonies in 2013.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks at the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks at the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist nuns at the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist nuns at the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks at the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks at the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks at the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks at the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist nuns at the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist nuns at the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Dancers from the Royal Ballet taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Teachers from the Royal Ballet praying on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Teachers from the Royal Ballet praying on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: A delegation of opposition CNRP lawmakers, led by Kem Sokha, vice president of the CNRP, at a religious ceremony in front of the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: A delegation of opposition CNRP lawmakers, led by Kem Sokha, vice president of the CNRP, at a religious ceremony in front of the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: A delegation of opposition CNRP lawmakers, led by Kem Sokha, vice president of the CNRP, at a religious ceremony in front of the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: A delegation of opposition CNRP lawmakers, led by Kem Sokha, vice president of the CNRP, at a religious ceremony in front of the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks taking souvenir photographs after a religious ceremony on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks taking souvenir photographs after a religious ceremony on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

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 opposition CNRP paid respect to the late King at his memorial monument at the same time. Missed that… Didn’t know… Should have known…

Reminder: my e-book about King Norodom Sihanouk, with texts by Abby Seiff and Pierre Gillette, is available on iTunes at THIS LINK for the modest sum of 3.99$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks prepare for the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks prepare for the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks prepare for the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks prepare for the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks prepare for the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks prepare for the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks praying on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks praying on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks receiving alms on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks receiving alms on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks receiving alms on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks receiving alms on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks waiting to enter the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Buddhist monks waiting to enter the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Participants praying in front of buddhist monks waiting to enter the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Participants praying in front of buddhist monks waiting to enter the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Shoes from worshippers giving alms to the buddhist monks about to enter the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Shoes from worshippers giving alms to the buddhist monks about to enter the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Woman preparing alms for the buddhist monks about to enter the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Woman preparing alms for the buddhist monks about to enter the Royal Palace on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Participants taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/07/2014: Participants taking souvenir photographs on the first of a three day ceremony where the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2012 at the age of 89, are being transported from the Royal Palace to a stupa inside the compound.

About 200 members of the Khmer Youth Group, together with other civil society groups, monks from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ), Radio Beehive’s Mam Sonando and CNRP Lawmaker Real Camerin, stormed through two or three blockade attempts by Municipal Security Guards and Riot Police before being stopped at a few meters from the Vietnamese Embassy. During the three-hour standoff, there was some pushing and pulling, and a few stones were thrown. The demonstration was held to demand apologies from Vietnam regarding what the protesters consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom.

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CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Real Camerin, Svay Rieng lawmaker, and about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, break through police cordons while demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Real Camerin, Svay Rieng lawmaker, and about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, break through police cordons while demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Bystanders and police waiting for about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement to start demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Bystanders and police waiting for about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement to start demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Real Camerin, Svay Rieng lawmaker, and about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, break through police cordons while demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Real Camerin, Svay Rieng lawmaker, and about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, break through police cordons while demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Mam Sonando, owner of Beehive Radio, breaking through police cordon when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, are demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Mam Sonando, owner of Beehive Radio, breaking through police cordon when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, are demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Municipal Guards trying top stop protesting monks when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, are demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Municipal Guards trying top stop protesting monks when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, are demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: About 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: About 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Police blockade set up when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, are demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Police blockade set up when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, are demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Employees from a bank look at about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Employees from a bank look at about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: About 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: About 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Police blockade set up when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, are demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Police blockade set up when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, are demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Tattooed monk and about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Tattooed monk and about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Municipal Guards trying top stop protesters when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, are demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Municipal Guards trying top stop protesters when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, are demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Man showing maps of S.E. Asia when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Man showing maps of S.E. Asia when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Police taking a rest while their colleagues contain about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Police taking a rest while their colleagues contain about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Reporters photographing a torn vietnamese bill when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/07/2014: Reporters photographing a torn vietnamese bill when about 200 members from the Khmer Youth Movement, joined by other civil society groups, demonstrating near the Vietnamese embassy to protest what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam.

The Boeung Kak lake community held a demonstration in front of the Anti Corruption Unit gates regarding their land issue with Mr Lao Mengkhim, Senator, heading the company which obtained a 99 year lease on the 133 hectares of Boeung Kak lake, evicted 3000 families, and just recently sold about 1 hectare to another company (which it is not supposed to do under the lease agreement).

The Boeung Kak case has been dragging on since 2007, and it seems to be far from over. More on this story and on other land issues stories in Cambodia from 2000 on can be found in ‘Quest for Land’, an app for the iPad and for Macs running Mavericks. The app can be bought AT THIS LINK for 8.99$

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Municipal Security guards keeping an eye on Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Municipal Security guards keeping an eye on Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, addressing Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, addressing Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Chan Puthisak, land rights activist who spent several month in jail after the military crackdown on striking workers, and Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Chan Puthisak, land rights activist who spent several month in jail after the military crackdown on striking workers, and Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Member of the Anti Corruption Unit photographing Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/07/2014: Member of the Anti Corruption Unit photographing Boeung Kak lake residents, supported by other communities, demonstrating in front of the Anti Corruption Unit to demand a resolution to their land issue, an investigation on Lao Mengkhim, owner of the company which evicted 3000 families from Boeung Kak lake, Kep Chuktema, former Phnom Penh Governor, and Pa Socheatvong, leader of the Phnom Penh Security Guards.

Better than a trip to Sihanoukville, better than a hammock in Kieng Svay, better than watching a ‘brodal serei’ match on TV: the shopping mall…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: Four sales people convincing a hestitant customer to buy a foot massage machine at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: Four sales people convincing a hestitant customer to buy a foot massage machine at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/07/2014: Last minute repair at an iron curtain at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/07/2014: Last minute repair at an iron curtain at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a poster at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a poster at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/07/2014: Plastic duck bought at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/07/2014: Plastic duck bought at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: First Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: First Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: First Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: First Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/07/2014: Turtle to make a soup for sale at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/07/2014: Turtle to make a soup for sale at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: First Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: First Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: First Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: First Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: Visitors waiting to get access to the parking lot at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: Visitors waiting to get access to the parking lot at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a poster at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: Souvenir photograph in front of a poster at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: Customers with their purchased goods waiting for their car to exit the parking lot at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/07/2014: Customers with their purchased goods waiting for their car to exit the parking lot at the first Aeon shopping mall in Phnom Penh which opened 2 weeks ago and turns out to be a huge popular success.

Sothearos Boulevard was flooded by a heavy, long rain. For some it is great fun. For the Japanese Cooperation it is probably not. The drainage system they set in place, and which is not yet finished, couldn’t cope with the amount of rain. I wonder which drainage system could cope with that quantity of water anyhow.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: Schoolchildren wait for their moto dup after a heavy rain flooded Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: Schoolchildren wait for their moto dup after a heavy rain flooded Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: Schoolchildren wait for their moto dup after a heavy rain flooded Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: Schoolchildren wait for their moto dup after a heavy rain flooded Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/07/2014: A heavy rain floods Sothearos Boulevard.

Several army units braved the blistering heat in front of the Royal Palace for the rehearsals of a carefully planned ceremony during which part of the ashes from late King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2013, will be brought to a stupa within the grounds of the Royal Palace.

Reminder: my e-book ‘Royal Silence’, which contains a text by Abby Seiff and Pierre Gillette, with photographs of King Sihanouk from back in 1991 when he returned from exile as well as an extensive selection of photographs of the ceremonies during his funeral, is available on iTunes at THIS LINK for 3.99$US.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Soldiers sheltering from the sun during the rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Soldiers sheltering from the sun during the rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Foreign tourists taking photographs during the rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Foreign tourists taking photographs during the rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Soldiers sheltering from the sun during the rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Soldiers sheltering from the sun during the rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/07/2014: Rehearsals for the ceremony which will bring some of King Norodom Sihanouk's ashes, deceased on October 15th 2013 at the age of 89, to a stupa within the Royal Palace grounds on July 11th.

Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot on a 100 international locations tour to raise awareness on child education on behalf of an international NGO, blew up his aircraft near Wat Botum. A muddy countryside prevented him from lifting off…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef, prepares his aircraft.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef, prepares his aircraft.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Spectators touching the aircraft launched by Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Spectators touching the aircraft launched by Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Potographing Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Potographing Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Pring Samrang, photojournalist, photographing Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef, prepare his aircraft.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Pring Samrang, photojournalist, photographing Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef, prepare his aircraft.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Spectators stand in the shadow, watching Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef, get ready with his aircraft.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Spectators stand in the shadow, watching Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef, get ready with his aircraft.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef, displays his aircraft near Wat Botum.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef, displays his aircraft near Wat Botum.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef, folds up his aircraft.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 1/07/2014: Andrew Parker, a hot air balloon pilot who travels to 100 different locations with the Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project for Unicef, folds up his aircraft.