Friday, April 20, 2007

Buddhist monks clash in Cambodia amid anti-Vietnam protest

Great, now the monks are getting violent.

At least two Buddhist monks were injured Friday in a street clash in Cambodia's capital between two opposing groups of monks during a protest against Vietnam, which some monks accuse of suppressing religious freedom.

There are opposing groups of monks?

The demonstration march was made by some 40 monks, most of whom identified themselves as Khmer Krom, an ethnic Khmer minority people of Vietnam who inhabited the Mekong Delta area prior to the colonization of that area by Vietnamese settlers.


The marchers were demanding relief from alleged religious suppression of Khmer Krom by Vietnamese authorities, and had hoped to deliver a protest letter to the Vietnamese Embassy but were dispersed by some 150 riot police.

Use the post office.

They then walked to the Royal Palace, where the clash occurred, and to the U.S. Embassy.

How did we get envolved in this?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arn't these the same Buddhist monks that protested the war in Vietnam by burning themselves...I see they moved away from that practice in a hurry.

April 23, 2007 8:43 AM  

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