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Kambodscha: Polizeigewalt gegen demonstrierende Mönche

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    Kambodscha: Polizeigewalt gegen demonstrierende Mönche

    Aus der IHT:

    Buddhist monks clash with police during protest in Cambodia
    The Associated Press
    Published: December 17, 2007

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: Dozens of Buddhist monks kicked, punched and hurled bottles at baton-wielding police in Cambodia´s capital Monday at a demonstration to demand religious freedom for monks in neighboring Vietnam.

    The clashes erupted as about 40 monks approached the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh to submit a petition against authorities´ alleged mistreatment of Buddhist monks in the communist country.

    The protesters accused Vietnamese authorities of arresting and defrocking several ethnic Cambodian monks over the past few months.

    Authorities let only a few state-sponsored religious organizations operate in Vietnam, a situation that has led to altercations there with some groups including Buddhists.

    A large part of southern Vietnam, known in Cambodia as Kampuchea Krom, used to be part of Cambodia´s Khmer empire centuries ago. Many ethnic Cambodians still live there.

    In the Phnom Penh protest, about 100 riot police used batons to beat back the monks, blocking them from marching near the embassy.

    The monks responded by punching the police and throwing water-filled plastic bottles at them. One monk was seen kicking a police officer in the groin.

    Touch Naroth, the Phnom Penh police chief, said six policemen were slightly injured.

    "They tried to storm the embassy, and police had the duty to protect the embassy," he said.

    The police bruised seven monks on their heads or bodies, said Chan Saveth, an investigator with the nonprofit Cambodian human rights group Adhoc. He accused police of violence against the monks, who are widely revered in Cambodia.


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