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Capitol Tours Bus Protesters Skirmish With Tuk-Tuk Drivers

A group of Capitol Tours bus drivers—five of whom claim they were fired for attempting to form a union—say they were attacked Monday by a group of more than 50 tuk-tuk drivers while protesting outside the transport company’s headquarters in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district.

CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha leaves Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison on Monday after visiting 11 opposition activists who were convicted on insurrection charges last week. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha leaves Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison on Monday after visiting 11 opposition activists who were convicted on insurrection charges last week. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Sokha Visits Activists, Calls for Release on Appeal

As CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha visited the 11 opposition activists serving jail terms for “insurrection” at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said the seven- to 20-year sentences handed down to them last week were “very light.”

A barge travels out to sea from the Andong Teuk estuary in Koh Kong province earlier this month to unload its cargo of river sand onto a larger ship. (Mother Nature)
Activists Board Dredging Barges in Koh Kong

About 80 villagers and activists in Koh Kong province on Monday boarded and attempted to tow away five sand-dredging barges as part of their ongoing campaign against two firms they accuse of polluting a local waterway and causing riverbank collapses, activists and officials said.

PM Rebukes Prince Over King Claims

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday warned Prince Norodom Ranariddh against dragging King Norodom Sihamoni into politics following the prince’s claims that the king plans to host a meeting about border issues that have recently broken out between Vietnam and Cambodia.

Couple Charged for Stealing, Selling Crocodiles

The Siem Reap Provincial Court on Sunday charged a man and his wife with theft for stealing more than 500 baby crocodiles from a crocodile farm in Siem Reap City earlier this month and selling them for a total of $5,000, which they used to buy a motorbike and jewelry, police said.

Bun Chenda, left, and Keo Nea, who were shot by Chhouk Bundith in 2012, stand outside the National Assembly on Monday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Women Shot by Governor Ask For the Same Treatment as Sasa

Three women who were shot by the governor of Bavet City in 2012 while protesting outside a garment factory in Svay Rieng province on Monday appealed for high-level intervention—as occurred following the assault of television personality Ek Socheata earlier this month—to bring their attacker to justice.

A Cambodian soldier looks out from a cliff in the Dangrek mountains at the Preah Vihear temple compound in 2009. (Reuters)
A Cambodian soldier looks out from a cliff in the Dangrek mountains at the Preah Vihear temple compound in 2009. (Reuters)

Temple on High

From the very start, this temple was meant to be special. Why else would people build it on top of a mountain that, more than a thousand years after the first structure was erected, is still a long and arduous climb to reach?

Spreading Sounds

Cambodian Music Festival founder Seak Smith, center left, waves to the crowd during the finale of last year’s show at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Cambodian Music Festival)

After growing up in South Central Los Angeles, graduating from college and starting a family, Seak Smith began seeking a better understanding of her heritage, one that extended beyond the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.

End of the Road

Road 140 in Kompong Speu province’s Samraong Tong district (Chris Mueller/The Cambodia Daily)

The note was concise, just five lines of Khmer script scrawled in gold ink on a leaf of notepad paper. “Final word,” it read. “1: Sell my truck to pay for concrete. 2: Get $1,000 back from Ly Oun at Prey Phdao [market] and pay teacher Chamroeun for the gravel.” The message ended with the word “goodbye.”

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Lawmaker Asks PM for Probe of Try Pheap’s SEZ

CNRP lawmaker Un Sam An sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asking for an investigation of Try Pheap’s Special Economic Zone in Ratanakkiri province, saying that the timber magnate is misusing the site to export illegally logged trees to Vietnam.

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