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A small group of 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, a former ‘Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience’, tried to reach Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for the second consecutive day in a month-long protest to resolve the land disputes they are involved in since years, and to free land rights activists jailed since early November. They were lured by the municipal security guards into the trap of a side street without an audience instead. The protesters staged a sit-in on that road blocked on both sides by security forces. At noon, pretexting to go back home for lunch, they slipped past the guards and held another sit-in on the esplanade near Wat Phnom.

Point made…

Authorities refused the month-long demonstration at Freedom Park under the pretext that what the activists do is ‘beyond democracy’, that it would prevent other groups from protesting there, and that land rights activists don’t have the monopoly on protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha (sitting, middle), former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, prepare to march from the U.S. embassy to Freedom Park on their second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha (sitting, middle), former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, prepare to march from the U.S. embassy to Freedom Park on their second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, tries to distribute yellow ribbons to municipal security guards when prevented from marching with 20 other land rights activists on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, tries to distribute yellow ribbons to municipal security guards when prevented from marching with 20 other land rights activists on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in near Wat Phnom when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in near Wat Phnom when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

The conciliatory atmosphere of the previous months which seemed to prevail after the Cambodian opposition party finally occupied the seats it won at the National Assembly after the 2013 elections seems to dissipate again. Both the ruling party and the opposition are using more aggressive quotes. Demonstrations by land rights activists are monitored more closely by security forces.

A group of land rights activists who wanted to start a month-long demonstration at Freedom Park was prevented from doing so by a deployment of municipal security guards and units of Military Police, forcing the protesters to settle for the esplanade in front of Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Municipal security guards are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Municipal security guards are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, releases birds during a demonstration with villagers and activists from various origin for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, releases birds during a demonstration with villagers and activists from various origin for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Municipal security guard gives a dispersion order when villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Municipal security guard gives a dispersion order when villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues, stand in front of a woman carrying a basket with yellow ribbons, worn by the demonstrators.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues, stand in front of a woman carrying a basket with yellow ribbons, worn by the demonstrators.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin pray during a demonstration for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin pray during a demonstration for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

The Borei Keila community held a protest in front of the municipal building. The villagers were evicted back in 2013 and have been living in apalling conditions near the place they were evicted from ever since.

Phnom Penh Municipality security guards confiscated a bull horn held by land rights activist Chan Putisak.

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. 19/01/2015: The Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2013 holds a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Minicipality, requesting their apalling housing situation be finally solved.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/01/2015: The Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2013 holds a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Minicipality, requesting their apalling housing situation be finally solved.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/01/2015: Preparing a banner for when the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2013 holds a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Minicipality, requesting their apalling housing situation be finally solved.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/01/2015: Preparing a banner for when the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2013 holds a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Minicipality, requesting their apalling housing situation be finally solved.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/01/2015: Municipality security guards confiscating a bull horn when the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2013 holds a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Minicipality, requesting their apalling housing situation be finally solved.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/01/2015: Municipality security guards confiscating a bull horn when the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2013 holds a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Minicipality, requesting their apalling housing situation be finally solved.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/01/2015: The Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2013 holds a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Minicipality, requesting their apalling housing situation be finally solved.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/01/2015: The Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2013 holds a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Minicipality, requesting their apalling housing situation be finally solved.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/01/2015: Municipality security guard photographing a demonstrator when the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2013 holds a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Minicipality, requesting their apalling housing situation be finally solved.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/01/2015: Municipality security guard photographing a demonstrator when the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2013 holds a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Minicipality, requesting their apalling housing situation be finally solved.

The long hours of rehearsals added with the first attempts to add live music pay off for the rehearsals of Emmanuèle Phuon’s new choreography based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing rehearsing a new piece by Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

The now classical ‘Embassy Tour of Phnom Penh’ was used yet again by supporters, buddhist monks and activists, to deliver a petition requesting the liberation of the activists and monks who were arrested in early November during land issues protests and promptly slammed with a 1-year sentence in jail, starting with the French embassy, which also received a flower arrangement as a sign of solidarity with the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ massacre.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks tour the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks eat lunch while touring the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks eat lunch while touring the main embassies to submit a petition requesting the liberation of activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison for having demonstrated during land issue protests.

Emmanuèle Phuon keeps pushing the bodies and memory of the dancers from Amrita, Rady, Thuy and Mo, to get what she needs for the new choreography she is working on, based on a Cambodian version of kickboxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Musician doing his first improvisations when Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, is rehearsing a new piece based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Musician doing his first improvisations when Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, is rehearsing a new piece based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, rehearsing a new piece based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, rehearsing a new piece based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'., Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, rehearsing a new piece based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, rehearsing a new piece based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon, choreographer, rehearsing a new piece based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece of choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

Ten times, twenty times movements are repeated, modified, refined, changed, perfected: the rehearsals for ‘Brodal Serei’, a choreography by Emmanuèle Phuon with the dancers from Amrita based on Khmer boxing go on and on and on…

A short movie presentation can be seen HERE.

A slideshow about Khmer bowing can be seen HERE.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/01/2015: Dancers practicing Khmer boxing moves when Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on 'brodal serei', Cambodian version of kickboxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/01/2015: Dancers practicing Khmer boxing moves when Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on 'brodal serei', Cambodian version of kickboxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on Khmer boxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on Khmer boxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on Khmer boxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on Khmer boxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/01/2015: Dancers practicing Khmer boxing moves when Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on 'brodal serei', Cambodian version of kickboxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/01/2015: Dancers practicing Khmer boxing moves when Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on 'brodal serei', Cambodian version of kickboxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on Khmer boxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on Khmer boxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on Khmer boxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on Khmer boxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on Khmer boxing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Emmanuèle Phuon rehearses 'Brodal Serei', a choreography piece based on Khmer boxing.

Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, appeared at the Appeals Court. The first two were defrocked and arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a land issue demonstration on November 12th 2014. Seung Hay was defrocked and  arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court (movie of his arrest HERE).

Supporters, activists and buddhist monks held a demonstration in front of the Appeals Court, requesting the three be freed.

UPDATE: bail was denied. All three monks will return to the Prey Sar prison.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrive at the Appeals Court. The first two were defrocked and arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014. Seung Hay was defrocked and arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrive at the Appeals Court. The first two were defrocked and arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014. Seung Hay was defrocked and arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, exit the penitentiary truck which brought them to the Appeals Court. The first two were defrocked and arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014. Seung Hay was defrocked and arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, exit the penitentiary truck which brought them to the Appeals Court. The first two were defrocked and arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014. Seung Hay was defrocked and arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks protest outside the Appeals Court where Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court, are being tried.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks protest outside the Appeals Court where Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court, are being tried.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Notebook of a reporter covering the trial of Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Notebook of a reporter covering the trial of Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks protest outside the Appeals Court where Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court, are being tried.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks protest outside the Appeals Court where Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court, are being tried.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Tattoos of a buddhist monk who joined supporters and activists protesting outside the Appeals Court where Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court, are being tried.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Tattoos of a buddhist monk who joined supporters and activists protesting outside the Appeals Court where Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court, are being tried.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks protest outside the Appeals Court where Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court, are being tried.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 9/01/2015: Supporters, activists and buddhist monks protest outside the Appeals Court where Khet Vannak and Thach Sang, buddhist monks from the Stung Meanchey pagoda, arrested for carrying banners and poles to Samaky Reangsey pagoda to be used for a demonstration on November 12th 2014, and Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrested the previous day during a demonstration in front of the Municipal Court, are being tried.