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Pchum Ben festival’s buffalo race

Thousands of Cambodians descended on the small village of Vihear Suor (Kandal Province) on October 4 to cheer on the annual water buffalo race that marks the end of the 15-day festival for the dead (Pchum Ben), the most important Cambodian religious event.

The race, that has very ancient roots, is organised for the entertainment of the spirits who have come to Earth during the Pchum Ben and is also be followed by wrestling and khmer boxe matches.


04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), starts preparing his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), starts preparing his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A man cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A man cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia).  Horses are prepared minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horses are prepared minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Thousands of people gather to watch the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Thousands of people gather to watch the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider competes during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A horse rider competes during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.

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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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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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Cambodian Human Rights defender Mam Sonando released from prison

Finally a great news for all the defenders of Human Right in Cambodia.

Cambodian activist and independent radio station owner, Mam Sonando, was finally released from jail after his 20-year sentence was suspended by the Phnom Penh court yesterday (he spent a total of eight months in preventive custody).

Thousands of supporters waited for hours outside the prison to welcome him.

Here’s the communicate by Amnesty International:

A Cambodian court’s decision to overturn anti-state convictions and a two-decade prison sentence against a prominent journalist is a positive step for freedom of expression in the country, Amnesty International said.

Mam Sonando, 72, the owner of one of Cambodia’s few independent radio stations, was first convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison in October 2012 on charges of “insurrection”. Amnesty International considered him a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned simply for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

But today the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh overturned the more serious convictions against Mam Sonando. Instead, he was given a five-year prison sentence for offences including “instigating illegal clearing and occupation of forest.” He has already been in prison for eight months and the rest of his sentence is suspended. He will be released this week.

“We welcome Mam Sonando’s imminent release, which is a step in the right direction for freedom of expression in Cambodia,” said Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International’s Researcher on Cambodia who attended today’s appeal verdict hearing.

“But Mam Sonando should never have been imprisoned in the first place, and the convictions that stand appear baseless.

“The introduction of new charges at such a late stage raises concerns about the fairness of the proceedings, while the suspended sentence may be designed to silence Mam Sonando.”

“However, we have to hope that today’s decision to release Mam Sonando represents a halt to the assault on freedom of expression, in a year when Cambodia will hold national parliamentary elections.”

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15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando and his wife Din Phannara, leave Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison. Sonando was sentenced to 20 years in jail in October 2012 on insurrection charges but his sentence was suspended by the Appeal Court.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Journalists surround Cambodian Human Right activist Mam Sonando, minutes after his release from Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh. Charged of insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state, Sonando has spent eight months in prison.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando minutes after his release from Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh. He was first convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison in October 2012 on charges of insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando is carried on a chair to cheers from thousands of supporters, gathered in front of Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, minutes after his release. Charged with insurrection, Sonando has spent a total of eight months in jail.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando is carried on a chair to cheers from thousands of supporters, gathered in front of Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, minutes after his release. Charged with insurrection, Sonando has spent a total of eight months in jail.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando is carried on a chair to cheers from thousands of supporters, gathered in front of Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, minutes after his release. Charged with insurrection, Sonando has spent a total of eight months in jail.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando is carried on a chair to cheers from thousands of supporters, gathered in front of Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, minutes after his release. Charged with insurrection, Sonando has spent a total of eight months in jail.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando and his wife Din Phannara, minutes after his release from Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail on insurrection charges but his sentence was suspended by Phnom Penh’s Appeal Court.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. A Beoung Kak activist gestures, minutes after the release of Mam Sonando from Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison. Sonando was sentenced to 20 years in jail on insurrection charges but his sentence was suspended by Phnom Penh’s Appeal Court.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando is carried on a truck, minutes after his release from Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison. Charged of insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state, Sonando has spent eight months in prison.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando is carried on a truck, minutes after his release from Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison. Charged of insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state, Sonando has spent eight months in prison.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian activist Mam Sonando is carried on a truck, minutes after his release from Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison. Charged of insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state, Sonando has spent eight months in prison.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. A convoy of trucks and tuk tuks leave Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, minutes after the release of Cambodian activist Mam Sonando. Charged of insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state, Sonando has spent eight months in prison.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. A convoy of trucks and tuk tuks leave Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, minutes after the release of Cambodian activist Mam Sonando. Charged of insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state, Sonando has spent eight months in prison.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. A convoy of trucks and tuk tuks leave Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, minutes after the release of Cambodian activist Mam Sonando. Charged of insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state, Sonando has spent eight months in prison.
15/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. A convoy of trucks and tuk tuks leave Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, minutes after the release of Cambodian activist Mam Sonando. Charged of insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state, Sonando has spent eight months in prison.

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Appeal hearing for Human Rights activist Mam Sonando

The hearing to review the verdict against Cambodian human rights activist Mam Sonando (sentenced to 20 years for leading an alleged secession movement) has begun in Phnom Penh.

“Mam Sonando’s case is indicative of an extremely worrying trend: the Cambodian courts are being used to silence human rights defenders, particularly in the context of conflicts over land ownership and forced evictions” Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International’s Researcher on Cambodia

This is what happened the first day:

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05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a thousand people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the first day of his appeal hearing against a 20-year sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a thousand people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the first day of his appeal hearing against a 20-year sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. A group of supporters hold a banner that shows the number of days Mam Sonando has been imprisoned during a protest in front of the Appeals Court on the first day of his appeal hearing against a sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a thousand people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the first day of his appeal hearing against a 20-year sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. A protester peeks at the inside of the Appels Court of Phnom Penh during the first day of Mam Sonando’s appeal hearing.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Human rights activist and independent radio owner Mam Sonando enters the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh escorted by police officers on the first day of his appeal hearing against a 20-year prison sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a thousand people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the first day of his appeal hearing against a 20-year sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a thousand people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the first day of his appeal hearing against a 20-year sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a thousand people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the first day of his appeal hearing against a 20-year sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a thousand people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the first day of his appeal hearing against a 20-year sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a thousand people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the first day of his appeal hearing against a 20-year sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Srene Phou, wife of Kan Sovan, one of other 2 activists condemned together with Mam Sonando, peeks at the inside of the Appels Court of Phnom Penh during the first day of the appeal hearing.

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After the end of the hearing, I decided to follow the activists, as I know many of them came to attend the trail from remote areas, and I discovered they will pass the night at the headquarter of BeeHive Radio, in the south of Phnom Penh.

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05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. An activist hold a “chak kum pi”, a piece of wood with which, Khmer people can “read the future”
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a houndreds Sonando’s supporters, came from all over Cambodia, gather in the headquarter of Beehive Radio to spend the night waiting for the second day of the trial.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a houndreds Sonando’s supporters, came from all over Cambodia, gather in the headquarter of Beehive Radio to spend the night waiting for the second day of the trial.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a houndreds Sonando’s supporters, came from all over Cambodia, gather in the headquarter of Beehive Radio to spend the night waiting for the second day of the trial.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a houndreds Sonando’s supporters, came from all over Cambodia, gather in the headquarter of Beehive Radio to spend the night waiting for the second day of the trial.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a hundred Sonando’s supporters, came from all over Cambodia, gather in the headquarter of Beehive Radio to spend the night waiting for the second day of the trial.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a hundred Sonando’s supporters, came from all over Cambodia, gather in the headquarter of Beehive Radio to spend the night waiting for the second day of the trial.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. A group of activits watch the footgage of the first day of the appeal trial in the headquarter of BeeHive Radio, where they will spend the night.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. A group of activits watch the footgage of the first day of the appeal trial in the headquarter of BeeHive Radio, where they will spend the night.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a hundred Sonando’s supports, came from all over Cambodia, gather in the headquarter of Beehive Radio to spend the night waiting for the second day of the trial.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. An activist sleeps in the headquarter of Beehive Radio at the end of the first day of the trial.

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And this is part of the second day (at the moment, I don’t know for how long the hearing will continue):

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06/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a hundred people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the second day of his appeal hearing.
06/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a hundred people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the second day of his appeal hearing.
06/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Over a hundred people came from all over Cambodia and gathered in front of the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh to offer support to Mam Sonando on the second day of his appeal hearing.
06/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Human rights activist and independent radio owner Mam Sonando enters the Appeals Court of Phnom Penh on the second day of his appeal hearing against a 20-year prison sentence for leading an alleged secession movement.
05/03/2013 – Phnom Penh. Ky Kea – wife of Touch Ream, one of other 2 activists condemned together with Mam Sonando, peeks together with her 2 daughters, at the inside of the Appels Court of Phnom Penh.

Final ceremony for the funeral of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk

A final procession, in which the ashes of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, were accompanied by King Sihamoni and Queen Mother Monineath from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, concluded the 7 days of funeral ceremonies.

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07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Guards rests in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the beginning of the procession in which the remaining ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk were carried from the crematorium to the Royal Palace.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Only very few Cambodian citizens were allowed to pray nearby the crematorium site.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Monineath arrive at the crematorium site to collect the remaining ashes of the late former King Norodom Sihanouk.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
Queen Monineath (76), accompanied by her son, King Norodom Sihamoni carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Bun Rany, wife of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, walks in the procession in which the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Sihanouk, were carried from the Crematorium to the Royal Palace.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.
07/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath carry the urns with the remaining ashes of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, from the crematorium to the Royal Palace, in the final procession that officially concludes the funeral.

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Cremation Ceremony of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk

On the 4th day of the funeral, the body of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk, is cremated in a sumptuous Buddhist ceremony held in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, at the presence of numerous foreign heads of state.

If interested, you can also see the reportages of the first day and of the second and third.

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04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Two guards take a rest in the morning of the last day of the four day ceremony of King Norodom’s funeral.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Two military relax nearby the boat that will be used to release some of the ashes of King Father Norodom Sihanouk into the Mekong river.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. A woman clears the floor in the front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Hundreds of Cambodians are allowed to enter the creamatorium site and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk a few hours before the cremation ceremony.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Just a few common Cambodians citizens are allowed to pray and pay their respects to the late king Sihanouk, in front of the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the streets of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, enter the crematorium site ahead of the start of the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Officials enter the Vela Meru (cremation site), before the cremation ceremonies for the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Print shop workers make posters and gadgets with the photos of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, during the cremation ceremony of his body.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Officials within the Vela Meru (cremation site), during the cremation ceremonies for the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. A family is gathered in front of the television, watching the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians wait for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, the beginning of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk, as Police secured the area around the Vela Meru – the crematorium site.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Aerial view of the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the cremation of the body of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Guests at the crematorium, built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, minutes before the cremation of the body of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Fireworks explode at the site of cremation for Cambodia’s former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk cry minutes after the cremation of the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Smoke comes out the chimney of the crematorium minutes after the end of the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Cambodian women cry after the ending of the ceremony of cremation of the late King Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians who waited for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, climb over the fences, minutes after the end of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians who waited for hours in the river side of Phnom Penh, climb over the fences, minutes after the end of the ceremony of cremation of the late Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk.
04/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Smoke comes out the chimney of the crematorium minutes after the end of the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk.

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Funerals for late Cambodian King Sihanouk continue in Phnom Penh

Celebrations of the funerals of the late king Sihanouk continue in Phnom Penh, with a private ceremony held by the Royal Family at the crematorium site and two massive concentrations of Cambodian people gathered to pay their last respects.

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02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. The Royal band enters the crematorium site ahead of the start of a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk will pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Bun Rany, wife of P.M. Hun Sen, enters the crematorium site ahead of the start of a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk will pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk in a private ceremony held in the late afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Monks walks out the crematorium site during a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk have payed their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. For safety reasons, all the area that surround the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is deserted.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk in a private ceremony held in the late afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk pay their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk in a private ceremony held in the afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Security forces guard the private ceremony held in the afternoon of saturday in the crematorium built nearby the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. The royal Band walk out the crematorium site during a private ceremony in which the king Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk have payed their respects to the late Cambodian King Sihanouk.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Fire works in honour of the late King Norodom Sihanouk on the second day of his funeral.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. After the ending of a private ceremony held by the Royal Family, Cambodian people are finally allowed to pay their respects in front of the crematorium where the embalmed body of the late king Sihanouk is kept.
02/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Hundreds of Cambodians gather in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to pay their respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the second day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.
03/02/2013 – Phnom Penh. Thousands of Cambodians are lined in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh to enter the Crematorium and pay their last respects to the late king Sihanouk, on the third day of his funeral.

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Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk

Phnom Penh, 1st of february 2013, buddhist funeral rites for the former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk saw a golden coffin carrying his embalmed body paraded through the streets of Phnom Penh that were lined with thousands of mourners paying their last respects.

The king’s body will be cremated on Monday, 4th of february 2013.

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Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Latest retouches before the celebrations of the funeral of the former Cambodian king Sihanouk start.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The final touches are made ahead of the start of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Apsara dancers in traditional costume waiting for the beginning of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). A security agent scans a group of Buddhist monks ahead of the start of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the late former King Sihanouk, comes out the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh surrounded by the higher echelons of the Cambodian Army.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, comes out the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh surrounded by the higher echelons of the Cambodian Army.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cannons greeted by a salvo, are fired 21 times, starting the celebrations of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). A Buddhist monk covers his ear to dampen the noise of cannons that were fired in honour of King Norodom Sihanouk at the start of his funeral.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Officials carrying images of the late king pictured ahead of the start of the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Phnom Penh is filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway for the late King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The streets of Phnom Penh are filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, pay their respects to the late former King Sihanouk just outside the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, pay their respects to the late former King Sihanouk just outside the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, pay their respects to the late former King Sihanouk just outside the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The streets of Phnom Penh are filled with thousands of people paying their last respects as the royal funeral rites get underway for the late former King Sihanouk.
Cambodia begins funeral rites for former King Norodom Sihanouk
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). The golden coffin, carrying the embalmed body of the former King Sihanouk, is paraded around the streets of Phnom Penh, filled with thousands of people paying the latest respects.
Phnom Penh (01/02/2013). Thousand of Cambodians gather in front of the huge Creamatorium where the body of the former king Sihanouk was carried late this morning. The body will be cremated on Monday.

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Phnom Penh is on fire!

This afternoon I was riding my motorbike when, nearby the Central Market, I bumped into a blaze.

A good amount of smoke were coming out from a Chinese bar/restaurant and from the first floor of the building. The road was blocked by a huge amount of Fire Fighters’ trucks (for the size of the blaze), at least 40-50 policemen and curious people.

The atmosphere was really unreal… a real chaos, nobody was really understanding what to do and how do it… so, I dragged out my Press Pass and I started to take pictures…

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I think I counted 8 firemen’s trucks around the area of the fire.
Firemen at work.
Mhh, maybe there’s some problem with the pipe.
Definitely, Phnom Penh, we got a problem!!!
People gathered in front of the place watch amazed the work of the fire fighters and policemen.
Mhh.. I think they don’t like the colour of the wardrobe…
Yes! Is definitely the color!.
Collateral damages.
People amazed.
People amazed.
It’s time for some water and some snacks.
And they lived happily ever after…

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