Archive for April 22nd, 2007

Saturday, 21.4.2007: Kampuchea Krom Monks Demonstrate… Another Group Of Monks Oppose Them And Cause Injury

Posted on 22 April 2007. Filed under: Week 504 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 504

“Phnom Penh: Part of Preah Monivong Boulevard was blocked for three hours. About 100 Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks demanded freedom in Vietnam, appealing to the Royal Government through petition and a march on Friday morning, although they did not have a permission to demonstrate by the Phnom Penh municipality. Their activity caused traffic jams on Preah Monivong Boulevard near the Vietnamese Embassy for about three hours, and also in some other streets in Phnom Penh. A monk was injured on his left eyebrow in a conflict with another group of monks who opposed the demonstration.

“About 100 monks and laypeople, who identified themselves as Kampuchea Krom Khmers from pagodas in Phnom Penh met and marched to the Vietnamese embassy early morning. However, the plan was known by police and by military police who then deployed forces around the Vietnamese embassy, especially on Preah Monivong Boulevard, which was, from the Bokor junction to the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, completely blocked.

“The demonstration was led by Yoeung Sen, the head monk of Wat Samaki Reangsey in Stung Meanchey Subdistrict, Meanchey District, who is from Kampuchea Krom. Local police officials deployed forces to prevent the monks from getting out the pagoda to demonstrate, but they could not prevent the monks from getting out of pagoda.

“Due to a strict intervention, the demonstrators could get only 100 meters towards the embassy.

“Chief Monk Yoeung Sen said, ‘The demand by the monks from Kampuchea Krom was not violent at all. The officials should not worry about this. I only take a petition to the Vietnamese Embassy in order to demand freedom for Kampuchea Krom Khmer people and monks who live in Kampuchea Krom land.’

“He added that this demand is made not only in Cambodia but worldwide, especially wherever Kampuchea Krom Khmers live.

“Like in the previous petitions, Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks ask the Vietnamese government to provide complete freedom to Kampuchea Krom Khmer people and monks who live in Kampuchea Krom. The Vietnamese authorities should release all jailed Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks and immediately stop to violate their freedom, especially the freedom of religion of the Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks and people who rightfully live in their land.

“In the petition they also ask the international community to push the Vietnamese government to stop all inhuman activities, and to implement a human rights policy towards Kampuchea Krom Khmers, to respect their freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of culture and tradition, irrespective of their race, and the freedom to create associations, irrespective of their race, independently. They ask the Vietnamese government to stop immediately grabbing of heritage land of Kampuchea Krom Khmers, and the land of some pagodas such as Wat Prasat Kong, and of Wat Boeng Kracha Thmey in Khleang Province [former Khmer name used].

“Monk Yoeung Sen also wonders why a monk died in Kandal Province, but why did the officials prevent people and monks from holding Buddhist ceremonies for the monk?

“When, after about three hours, they were still not able to enter the Vietnamese embassy, the Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks marched to the Royal Palace with some banners.

“Banners with writings – ‘Long live the solidarity force of Kampuchea Krom Khmers,’ ‘Yuon government must stop the violation of the rights of religion and the right of Kampuchea Krom Khmers who rightfully live in their land,’ ‘The Yuon government must release the three Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks and reinstate them as monks again without conditions.’

“Then the Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks chanted holy texts and sang songs about resistance in Kampuchea Krom Khmer land.

“Three Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks read the petition of the Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks and of people who live in the Kingdom of Cambodia, to be sent to the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in Khmer, English, and Vietnamese.

“Meanwhile, a number of higher monks from Wat Langka, Wat Ounalom, and from some other pagodas arrived to discuss with the Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks to stop the demonstration and to send representatives to take the petition to the Vietnamese embassy in Phnom Penh instead, but this talk was not successful. Therefore, the Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks marched instead to the US embassy in Phnom Penh.

“When the march arrived at the opposite of Wat Ounalom, anther group of monks appeared to prevent the march and there was a dispute which led to fighting. As a result, the monks who opposed the march ran in their robes back into Wat Ounalom. A Kampuchea Krom Khmer monk named Lim Yuth, who stays in Wat Samaki Reansey, was injured on his left eyebrow at that time.

“After this had happened, the Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks and a number of supporters expressed their strong anger.

“After they had calmed down, the Kampuchea Khmer monks marched to the opposite side of the road across the US embassy, which was also under strict protection by Phnom Penh municipal police officials.

“There, a Kampuchea Khmer monk named Huch Phirum was allowed to enter the embassy.

“When the monk got out of the embassy, he told the journalists that he did not meet directly with the ambassador, but he met only with a representative of the embassy.

“During the meeting, the representative of the US embassy promised to seek freedom for Kampuchea Krom Khmers. At that time, the representative of the embassy also accepted the petition from the Kampuchea Khmer monks, to send it to the American government in Washington.

“At that time, the representative of the US embassy affirmed that he will invite human rights organizations and all Khmer Kampuchea Krom associations to meet and find ways to seek rights for Kampuchea Krom Khmers.

“After that, all Kampuchea Krom Khmer monks met and chatted with each other opposite the US Embassy and then went back to their pagodas.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4264, 21.4.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 21 April 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1319, 21.4.2007

  • Funcinpec Announces Openly That It Doesn’t Plan To Dissolve Itself And Join Other Parties
  • National Election Committee Has Announced Official [commune] Election Results For 13 Provinces and Towns
  • Legal and Illegal Khmer Laborers Rush To Work In Thailand after Khmer New Year
  • Six Good Cambodian Students Participate In The Physics Olympiad Competition Of Asia In China
  • NATO Soldiers Kill 27 Taliban Militia Members

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6019, 21.4.2007

  • Khmer Kampuchea Krom Program [by Khmer Kampuchea Krom Human Rights Organization] Broadcast Three Days And Three Hours Per Week [from Monday to Wednesday] Through FM 90 MHz [Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3138, 21.4.2007

  • Petition of Khmer Kampuchea Krom Monks, Which Is Rejected by Yuon [Vietnamese] Embassy, Is Welcome by US Embassy
  • Japan Urges Solution To Overcome Deadlock Of Khmer Rouge Tribunal Caused By Ky Tech [President Of The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia]
  • Only US$16 Million Collected From 24 Casinos Per Year [in Cambodia, because powerful officials take bribes]
  • 400 Sellers Of Pursat Phsar Thmey Market Ask For Those Who Had Put Arson To Be Revealed, And For Them To Continue Selling On The Same Location

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4264, 21.4.2007

  • Kampuchea Krom Monks Demonstrate… Another Group Of Monks Prevent It And Injure Them
  • Ministry Of Interior Reacts Against Opposition Party’s Initiative Over Village Chief Elections
  • Cambodian Prime Minister Concerned About Traffic Accidents
  • Kidnapping Recurs In Kompong Thom [former teacher kidnapped for US$6,000 ransom – Baray]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3016, 21.4.2007

  • Norodom Ranariddh Condemns Violence Against Kampuchea Krom Monks
  • Sihanoukville Authority Uses Violence, Burns Houses, and Arrests People Over Land Dispute

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #380, 21.4.2007

  • Nhek Bun Chhay [Funcinpec Secretary General] Threatens To Sue Anyone Who Says He Is Involved In 3 Tonnes Of Drugs In Kompong Speu

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