A convulse day of protests in Phnom Penh

Here’s my reportage about the intense day of protests and clashes that occurred in Phnom Penh last Sunday after the first day of protest organised by the CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) to contest the election results. Sadly the result was tragic as one young man was killed a few meters from us and at least 3 others were injured with bullet wounds.

Here’s an article of the Cambodia Daily in which I tell some of the tragic facts I witnessed.

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15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) supporters march together with opposition leader Sam Rainsy through the streets of Phnom Penh to protest against the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) supporters march together with opposition leader Sam Rainsy through the streets of Phnom Penh to protest against the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Police prevents the access to Norodom Boulevard to opposition supporters with barricades of barb wires. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Police prevents the access to Norodom Boulevard to opposition supporters with barricades of barb wires. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) supporters march together with opposition leader Sam Rainsy through the streets of Phnom Penh to protest against the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) supporters march together with opposition leader Sam Rainsy through the streets of Phnom Penh to protest against the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Onlookers watch as opposition party supporters march through the streets of Phnom Penh to protest against the results of the Cambodian elections. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Onlookers watch as opposition party supporters march through the streets of Phnom Penh to protest against the results of the Cambodian elections. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha march hand by hand through the streets of Phnom Penh starting a 3 day protest to contest the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha march hand by hand through the streets of Phnom Penh starting a 3 day protest to contest the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Monks bless opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Monks bless opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP supporters cheer opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP supporters cheer opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Sam Rainsy, leader of the CNRP, addresses riot police in front of a barricade as he and supporters marched to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Sam Rainsy, leader of the CNRP, addresses riot police in front of a barricade as he and supporters marched to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Anti riot police prepare their rifles with gas canisters when they realized people passed through the barricades. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Anti riot police prepare their rifles with gas canisters when they realized people passed through the barricades. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party march on the riverside of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party march on the riverside of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party march towars the Wat Phnom. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party march towars the Wat Phnom. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy prays in the pagoda on Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy prays in the pagoda on Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters march through the streets of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters march through the streets of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters tries to carrying away part of barricades police put to block the access to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters tries to carrying away part of barricades police put to block the access to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Soldiers tear down barb-wire. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Soldiers tear down barb-wire. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. A CNRP supporter got trapped in the barb wire and injured by a water cannon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. A CNRP supporter got trapped in the barb wire and injured by a water cannon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. A CNRP supporter got trapped in the barb wire and injured by a water cannon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. A CNRP supporter got trapped in the barb wire and injured by a water cannon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters tries to carrying away part of barricades and are targeted by water cannons. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters tries to carrying away part of barricades and are targeted by water cannons. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters thrown stones and coconuts against the police. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. CNRP supporters thrown stones and coconuts against the police. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Police starts shooting tear gas to prevent CNRP protesters to pass through the barricades they put to block the access to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Police starts shooting tear gas to prevent CNRP protesters to pass through the barricades they put to block the access to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh.  Police retrocedes after the attack with tear gas. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Police retrocedes after the attack with tear gas. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh.  Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition party, talks with CNRP supporters and convince them to pacifically leave the area and going back to Freedom Park. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
15/09/2013 – Phnom Penh. Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition party, talks with CNRP supporters and convince them to pacifically leave the area and going back to Freedom Park. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A protestor, Mao Chan (29), allegedly shot by riot police lays on the road after clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A protestor, Mao Chan (29), allegedly shot by riot police lays on the road after clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
People are detained by police after clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
People are detained by police after clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Riot police gather after clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Riot police gather after clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A Cambodia man carries an injured protester to an ambulance during a clash with police in Phnom Penh on September 15, 2013. Violent clashes erupted in the Cambodian capital on Sunday, leaving one protester dead and several wounded as thousands gathered to challenge strongman premier Hun Sen's disputed election win, witnesses said. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
A Cambodia man carries an injured protester to an ambulance during a clash with police in Phnom Penh on September 15, 2013. Violent clashes erupted in the Cambodian capital on Sunday, leaving one protester dead and several wounded as thousands gathered to challenge strongman premier Hun Sen’s disputed election win, witnesses said. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
Clashes erupt in Phnom Penh after commuters were barred from returning home. Angry protestors confronted riot police who responded with tear gas and live rounds. The leading opposition party, the CNRP, are holding three day mass demonstrations to contest the Cambodian general election results. Sept. 15, 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

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Some new tearsheets

Here’s a recent collection of tearsheets from different online publications about the recent clashes and protests in Phnom Penh. In this occasion I was collaborating with Reuters, AFP and Demotix/Corbis.

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TIME Magazine - Thomas Cristofoletti / Reuters
TIME Magazine – Thomas Cristofoletti / Reuters 16/09/2013

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Le Monde - Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP
Le Monde – Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP 16/09/2013

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The Guardian - Thomas Cristofoletti / Demotix - Corbis
The Guardian – Thomas Cristofoletti / Demotix – Corbis 15/09/2013

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The Boston Globe - Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP
The Boston Globe – Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP 15/09/2013

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The Age - Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP & Nicolas Axelrod / Gettyimages
The Age – Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP

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Channe Asia - Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP
Channe Asia – Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP 15/09/2013

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News 24 - Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP
News 24 – Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP 15/09/2013

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Yahoo News - Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP
Yahoo News – Thomas Cristofoletti / AFP 15/09/2013

A place (almost) called home

2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend (re)discovering the surroundings of my home town, Riva del Garda, in the north of Italy.

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2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
After one hour and half here we are. Bocca di Saval.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
The place is amazing.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
My friend Daniele.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
Weather is not very good, and it’s freezing, but the landscape is breathtaking.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
h 05.55, it’s time to start our climb to the top of the mountain.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
It’s freezing but the view is outstanding.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
Good morning world!
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend. 2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
The massif of Brenta on the distance.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
A breathtaking view of the lake of Ledro.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
Our climb continues.
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
Almost there…
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.
And here we are, on the top of the world! – photo by Daniele Zucchelli
2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend. 2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend. 2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend. 2 days visiting Bocca di Saval together with a great friend.

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And the Anachakdara 2013 goes to…

A sneak peek into the Anachakdara 2013, the Khmer Star Awards. The ceremony, held in the Koh Pich Theatre of Phnom Penh, was attended by some of the most famous local stars and V.I.P.

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15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

15/08/2013 - Phnom Penh. A sneek peak into the ceremony of the Anachakdara 2013, the Cambodian

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First public appearance of Cambodian PM Hun Sen after the elections

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds of meters from the place where violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh.

In his speech he said he will welcome an international investigation into the results of Sunday’s General Elections.

More info on Cambodia Daily and The Phnom Penh Post

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Military station in front of Stung Meanchey pagoda, in the south of Phnom Penh, where rioting broke out during Sunday’s election. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Military station in front of Stung Meanchey pagoda, in the south of Phnom Penh, where rioting broke out during Sunday’s election. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey's district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey's district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
National and International journalist surround Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen during his first public appearance after the election day, in Stung Meanchey's district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
National and International journalists surround Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen during his first public appearance after the election day, in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey's district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey's district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen makes his first public appearance after the election day, visiting a construction site just hundreds meters from the place where the violences erupted last Sunday in Stung Meanchey’s district, in the south of Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 @ Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013

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Sam Rainsy invites Cambodians to register voter irregularities

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy claims his party won 63 seats in the country’s general election and invited anyone who had suffered voter irregularities, to register them in order to create a database and make a case against the National Electoral Commitee (NEC).

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Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha invite the population to register their electoral irregularities at the CNRP's headquarter in Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha invite people to register their electoral irregularities at the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
A CNRP's supporter shows her ID Card. She wasn't able to vote as her name didn't appear on the voter lists. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
A CNRP’s supporter shows her ID Card. She wasn’t able to vote as her name didn’t appear on the voter lists. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CNRP's supporters register the irregularities they suffered during the election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote last Sunday because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters register irregularities they suffered during election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote on July 28th, 2013 because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CNRP's supporters register the irregularities they suffered during the election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote last Sunday because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters register irregularities they suffered during election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote on July 28th, 2013 because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CNRP's supporters register the irregularities they suffered during the election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote last Sunday because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters register irregularities they suffered during election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote on July 28th, 2013 because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CNRP's supporters register the irregularities they suffered during the election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote last Sunday because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters register irregularities they suffered during election day. It is estimated that 15% of voters were unable to vote on July 28th, 2013 because of list irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
CNRP's supporters easily clean their fingers from the supposedly indelible ink they used to vote on last Sunday's elections. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Cambodia National Rescue Party supporters show how easily they can clean their fingers from what was supposedly indelible ink used to vote in the country’s July 28th, 2013 general election. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
Mo Sochua, one of the leader of the opposition party, addresses the press and the population to register their electoral irregularities. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
Mo Sochua, one of the leaders of the opposition party, addresses the press and crowds who have gathered to register their electoral irregularities.. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013

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A convulse election for Cambodia

After 30 days of electoral campaign, millions of Cambodians finally go to vote. Numerous reports of alleged fraud, irregularities and eruptions of violence have been reported throughout the country as the Cambodian general election took place. The first partial results indicate a victory for the CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) but the main opposition party, the CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party), just declared they reject the results and call for a creation of an independent committee to investigate the vast irregularities.

From the Phnom Penh Post website:

“Fifteen per cent of voters – about 1.2 to 1.3 million – were unable to vote because of list irregularities. There were also about 1 million ghost names on the voter list and about 200,000 duplicate names.”

Here’s some links with the latest news:

  • The Cambodia DailyOpposition Party Rejects Election Results, Wants Investigation
  • The Phnom Penh PostOpposition rejects election result
  • The New York TimesCambodian Opposition Rejects Election Results
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    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen casts his ballot on the general elections at Ta Khmau Town in Kandal province, 15km away from the capital Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen casts his ballot on the general elections at Ta Khmau Town in Kandal province, 15km away from the capital Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Cambodians line up to vote in the general election in Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Cambodians line up to vote in the general election in Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A man shows the indelible ink on his finger after casting his vote during the general elections at a polling station in Kandal Province. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A man shows the indelible ink on his finger after casting his vote during the general elections at a polling station in Kandal Province. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A Cambodian woman votes in a polling station at Bat Touk High School in Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A Cambodian woman votes in a polling station at Bat Touk High School in Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition leader Sam Rainys visits a market and invites the population to monitor the operation of voting around the country. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition leader Sam Rainys visits a market and invites the population to monitor the operation of voting around the country. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A man shows his finger after he was able to clean it from the indelible ink used at the Bat Touk polling station in Phnom Penh. 1 million ghost names on the voter list and about 200,000 duplicate names. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A man shows his finger after he was able to clean it from the indelible ink used at the Bat Touk polling station in Phnom Penh. 1 million ghost names on the voter list and about 200,000 duplicate names. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Many irregularities are reported all over the country and many people couldn't vote because in posses of a old and, apparentely, not valid ID card. 15% of voters – about 1.2 to 1.3 million – were unable to vote because of list irregularities. 1 million ghost names on the voter list and about 200,000 duplicate names. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Many irregularities are reported all over the country and many people couldn’t vote because in posses of a old and, apparentely, not valid ID card. 15% of voters – about 1.2 to 1.3 million – were unable to vote because of list irregularities. 1 million ghost names on the voter list and about 200,000 duplicate names. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A member of the National Election Comittee loses her consciousness after being accused of denying people the right to vote in a polling station in Stung Menchey, south of Phnom Penh.
    A member of the National Election Comittee loses her consciousness after being accused of denying people the right to vote in a polling station in Stung Menchey, south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A mob errupted in violence after a man punched a monk during an alteration between voters and a National Election Committee employee in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh.
    A mob errupted in violence after a man punched a monk during an alteration between voters and a National Election Committee employee in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A mob errupted in violence after a man punched a monk during an alteration between voters and a National Election Committee employee in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh.
    A mob errupted in violence after a man punched a monk during an alteration between voters and a National Election Committee employee in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A man who had been accused of punching a monk during an alteration between voters and a National Election Committee employee is escorted by the police.
    A man who had been accused of punching a monk during an alteration between voters and a National Election Committee employee is escorted by the police. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Cambodians monitor the ballots counting in a polling station in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Cambodians monitor the ballots counting in a polling station in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Cambodians monitor the ballots counting in a polling station in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Cambodians monitor the ballots counting in a polling station in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Disgruntled voters riot and destroy a military police pick-up truck on Sunday evening, following hours of protests over names missing from the vote register at an election voting station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A man named as vietnamese has been targeted by mob violence that happened after the closing of the voting polls in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A man named as vietnamese has been targeted by mob violence that happened after the closing of the voting polls in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A man named as vietnamese has been targeted by mob violence that happened after the closing of the voting polls in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A man named as vietnamese has been targeted by mob violence that happened after the closing of the voting polls in Stung Menchey, in the south of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Cambodians watch on TV the partial results of the General Elections 2013 in a neighborhood of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Cambodians watch on TV the partial results of the General Elections 2013 in a neighborhood of Phnom Penh. 28/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition leader Sam Rainys holds a press conference at the CNRP's headquarter, in which he rejects the results of the General Election and calls for to create a committee to investigate the vast irregularities in Sunday’s polls. 29/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition leader Sam Rainys holds a press conference at the CNRP’s headquarter, in which he rejects the results of the General Election and calls for a creation of an independent committee to investigate the vast irregularities in Sunday’s polls. 29/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

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  • Last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013

    Thousands of Cambodians invade the streets of the capital Phnom Penh to participate in the last day of campaign of the two main Cambodian parties: the CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) and the opposition CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) .

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    CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters minutes before a parade at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporter yawns, waiting the beginning of a parade organized by at Koh Pich Island for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters minutes before a parade at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Thousands CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters wait the beginning of a parade organized by at Koh Pich Island for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters minutes before a parade at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Thousands CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters wait the beginning of a parade organized by at Koh Pich Island for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters minutes before a parade at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    A group of CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters wait the beginning of a parade organized by at Koh Pich Island for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Traditional Apsara dancers perform during a rally organized by the CPP (Cambodia People's Party) at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Apsara dancers perform during a rally organized by the CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) at Koh Pich Island in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Kep Chuktema (in the middle), the former governor of Phnom Penh, the CPP (Cambodian People's Party) top candidate for the National Assembly, during a rally organized in the last day of the campaign for the Cambodian Election.
    Kep Chuktema (in the middle), the former governor of Phnom Penh, the CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) top candidate for the National Assembly, during a rally organized in the last day of the campaign for the Cambodian Election. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters parade in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters parade in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy meets with supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy meets with supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party’s supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party’s supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party’s supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters invade the streets of Phnom Penh in the last day of campaign for the Cambodian General Elections 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters parade in front of the Independence Monument of Phnom Penh for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters parade in front of the Independence Monument of Phnom Penh for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters parade in front of the Independence Monument of Phnom Penh for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters parade in front of the Independence Monument of Phnom Penh for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    CPP (Cambodia People's Party) supporters parade in front of the Independence Monument of Phnom Penh for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    CPP (Cambodia People’s Party) supporters parade in front of the Independence Monument of Phnom Penh for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Thousands CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters gather at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy meets with supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy meets with supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Buddhist monks on the stage of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) rally at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013
    Buddhist monks on the stage of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) rally at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013

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    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy starts his campaign through Cambodia

    After 4 years of self-exile and with just one week left before the elections, CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) leader Sam Rainsy starts a seven days campaign tour travelling through 15 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces.

    I followed Rainsy (and vice president Kem Sokha) for 2 days together with Cambodia Daily‘s journalists Phorn Bopha and Zsombor Peter in Kompong Speu, Takeo, Kampot and Sihanoukville.

    You can read the related articles on the Cambodia Daily’s website:

  • Rainsy Takes Election Campaign to Rural Cambodia
  • Rainsy Faces Uphill Battle in Rural Provinces

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    Hundreds of supporters cheer the return of the opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, in a rally organized by the CNRP party in Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Hundreds of supporters cheer the return of the opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, in a rally organized by the CNRP party in Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition vice president Kem Sokha, and the oposition leader, Sam Rainsy, hold a speech in during a rally in Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition vice president Kem Sokha, and the oposition leader, Sam Rainsy, hold a speech in during a rally in Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    A parade of CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters through the streets of Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A parade of CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters through the streets of Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy meets with supporters on Saturday in Takeo province as he embarks on a seven-day campaign tour in which he will speak in 15 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces.  20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy meets with supporters on Saturday in Takeo province as he embarks on a seven-day campaign tour in which he will speak in 15 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    CPP (Cambodian People's Party) supporters in a market in Kompong Speu province. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) supporters in a market in Kompong Speu province. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    People look with curiosity the arrive of opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, in a market in Kompong Speu province. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    People look with curiosity the arrive of opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, in a market in Kompong Speu province. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Bodyguards of CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy and vice president, Kem Sokha, wait under the rain before (a later cancelled) rally in Kep. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Bodyguards of CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy and vice president, Kem Sokha, wait under the rain before (a later cancelled) rally in Kep. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Around 3000 people gather under an heavy rain in Kampot City for the rally organized by the CNRP, to listen Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy, and vice president, Kem Sokha. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Around 3000 people gather under an heavy rain in Kampot City for the rally organized by the CNRP, to listen Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy, and vice president, Kem Sokha. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy holds the hand with Kem Sokha, vice president of CNRP during a rally in Kampot city. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy holds the hand with Kem Sokha, vice president of CNRP during a rally in Kampot city. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy visits the central market of Kampot on his second day of campaign for the Cambodian General Election 2013. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy visits the central market of Kampot on his second day of campaign for the Cambodian General Election 2013. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy, cheers the crowd during a rally at the Independence Park of Sihanoukville. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy, cheers the crowd during a rally at the Independence Park of Sihanoukville. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013

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  • Opposition leader Sam Rainsy comes back to Cambodia after 4 years of exile

    CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) president Sam Rainsy finally returned to Cambodia after four years of self-imposed exile.

    Tens of thousands of supporters waving flags and wearing white caps with the party’s logo, lined the road for kilometres from Pochentong airport and greed with joy at his passage.

    I will follow Sam Rainsy for the next days in his tour around the provinces, trying to figure out if his return could be determined for the results of this political elections.

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    Supporters of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) wait the arrival of their leader, Sam Rainsy, at the airport of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Supporters of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) wait the arrival of their leader, Sam Rainsy, at the airport of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha cheer the thousands of supporters of the CNRP party, who filled the street of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha cheer the thousands of supporters of the CNRP party, who filled the street of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Supporters of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) wait the arrival of their leader, Sam Rainsy, at the airport of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Supporters of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) wait the arrival of their leader, Sam Rainsy, at the airport of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Buddhist moks salute the return of Sam Rainsy, the leader of the CNRP party, after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Buddhist moks salute the return of Sam Rainsy, the leader of the CNRP party, after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Thousands of supporters of the CNRP party salute the return of their leader Sam Rainsy after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Aerial view of the Freedom Park of Phnom Penh were the CNRP party stages a huge rally in honor of their leader Sam Rainsy, who come back to Cambodia after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Aerial view of the Freedom Park of Phnom Penh were the CNRP party stages a huge rally in honor of their leader Sam Rainsy, who come back to Cambodia after 4 years of auto exile. 19/07/2013 – Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013

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