Two Buddhist monks forced to flee to Thailand

Bor Bet and Sim Sovandy fled to avoid arrest after taking part in protest for the release of a trade union leader. The two spent over two months hiding in the forest, then after a two-day trip they crossed the border. Police and authorities searched for them at their temple and in their hometowns.

Two activist Buddhist monks arrived in Thailand after a long and difficult flight from Cambodia to escape arrest by the authorities.

The two say that Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) targeted them for joining a protest campaign in July demanding the release of trade union leader Rong Chhun.

Bor Bet, 34, and Sim Sovandy, 54, told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that they followed a Khmer guide through the jungle for two nights and two days, before arriving at the border between the two countries.

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