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Police Arrest
5 Montagnards
In Ratanakkiri
B y a un P heaP
Police in Ratanakkiri province’s
O’Yadaw district yesterday arrested
five Montagnard asylum seekers
and were searching for three ethnic
Jarai villagers who had been helping them evade authorities since
they arrived from Vietnam about
two weeks ago, villagers and a
rights worker said.
A Jarai villager, who requested
anonymity for fear of reprisals from
authorities, said police from O’Yadaw district’s Som Thom commune arrested the five asylum
seekers while another four fled into
the forest.
The group of nine, which in cluded two young children and an
infant, arrived in Ratanakkiri on January 19.
Twenty-three other Montagnards—an indigenous group concentrated in Vietnam’s Central
Highlands—who crossed into the
province over the past month are also hiding in O’Yadaw district.
All of the asylum seekers claim
to be fleeing religious and political
persecution in their home country.
Another Jarai villager, who was
looking after the group of nine
when police arrived, said about 10
officers in five vehicles entered So
Kul village at about 4:30 p.m.
“They tried to arrest the nine
people while they were staying on
farmland in the forest,” the villager
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A line judge and a security guard apprehend a protester during the men's singles final between Novak
Djokovic and Andy Murray at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne yesterday. Play was briefly
disrupted when two people ran onto the court to protest Canberra's offshore detention of asylum seekers.
In Restive Pagoda, City Sees Threat of ‘Secession’
B y M ech D ara
Phnom Penh City Hall has created an ad hoc committee to investigate whether monks at the restive
Samakki Raingsey pagoda—a
hotbed of anti-eviction activism that
has raised the ire of local authorities
over the past several months—
have been properly ordained.
Rights groups and monks at the
pagoda say the move is a ploy to silence one of the few pagodas in the
city not under the thumb of the ruling CPP and to stamp out legally
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For the past half-year, Samakki
Raingsey has offered shelter to
communities from the provinces
that have come to Phnom Penh to
press the government to intervene
in their land disputes with private
companies. Police have repeatedly
blocked the visitors and their hosts
from leaving the pagoda to protest,
and in November arrested a pair of
monks who were on their way to a
planned rally there.
Contacted yesterday, municipal
spokesman Long Dimanche said
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protected dissent.
In a statement posted to its
Facebook page on Friday, City
Hall said the committee was created in the wake of the fatal stabbing
last month of the pagoda’s second
deputy chief monk by a fellow
monk “to resolve illegal controversies and other anti-government
acts” there. It said Phnom Penh
deputy governor Khuong Sreng
presided over a meeting of the
committee on Tuesday to review
the work of the pagoda’s monks
and other inhabitants.
The ruling CPP welcomed 306
new members to its central committee on the final day of its party
congress yesterday, injecting a
heavy dose of fresh blood into the
upper ranks of the party, which
nearly lost its decades-long grip on
power in the last national elections.
The additions more than double
the size of the central committee to
545 members, and include some of
the country’s top military and police
officials, as well as all three of Prime
Minister Hun Sen’s sons.
Speaking with reporters at the
close of the congress, Information
Minister Khieu Kanharith boasted
of adding 45 women to the central
committee and 70 “young” members under the age of 50.
Of the 268 members on the central committee list heading into the
congress on Friday, 27 had died
since it last convened in 2013, one
resigned and another was kicked
“We had to add them because
the old ones are getting old and
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dying,” Mr. Kanharith said. “We
need to select the youth because 50
percent of the country is under the
age of 30, so we selected youth with
some experience.... We need successors with enough capacity.”
He said the party made no
changes to its more exclusive
standing and permanent committees, and that the ailing chairman of
the central committee, Senate Pres ident Chea Sim, who missed the
congress because he was getting
medical treatment in Vietnam, had
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