As the sun went down on the seventh and final official day of mourning for King Father Norodom Sihanouk yesterday, King Sihamoni and Queen Mother Monineath left the grounds of the Royal Palace and joined a crowd of more than 100,000 people to bid farewell to the late King.
The news of King Father Norodom Sihanouk’s death drew large crowds at the Royal Palace yesterday as mourners swarmed about lighting candles and incense sticks and offering up lotus flowers as a way of marking their respect.
Around Phnom Penh yesterday, the news of King Father Norodom Sihanouk’s death just shy of his 90th birthday appeared to resonate with both the young and older generations.
In the early morning hours this week, while most of Phnom Penh was still asleep, vendors gathered in front of Wat Lanka to sell plates with fruits, sticky rice and paper cuttings vaguely resembling human beings in different colors.
Hundreds of garment factory workers clashed with police at a factory in Phnom Penh yesterday during the latest strike in what is now a month-long campaign to have two union leaders rehired.
The 20-year jail sentence for independent radio station owner Mam Sonando made headlines around the world yesterday, but coverage of Mr. Sonando’s case was markedly different in local Khmer-language media, particularly national TV where not a mention was made.
The long-term impact of 6 tons of toxic chemicals that spilled into a stream in Kompong Chhnang province on Tuesday, killing several hundred kilograms of fish, still unclear, the provincial department of environment said on Friday.
A total of 11 people have now died due to flooding in the country since mid-September, while the worst affected area, Banteay Meanchey province, continued to suffer amid torrential rain on Thursday night, government officials said on Friday.
An estimated 100 kg of fish were killed and about 1,000 villagers were told not to drink from a stream that was contaminated with 6 tons of an unknown chemical substance in Kompong Chhnang province on Tuesday night, police said.