Monks banned from joining march to support Rong Chhun

Eight monks from Battambang province were prevented from joining activists and supporters in a protest in Phnom Penh on August 5 to demand the release of prominent union leader Rong Chhun, who was jailed last week over comments he made allegedly distorting information on Cambodia-Vietnam border issues.

After arriving in Phnom Penh on August 4, the monks were called to a meeting at Botum pagoda and were forced to return their pagoda after admitting their mistake and promising not to attend demonstrations in support of Chhun.

In the protest that went ahead without the monks on the morning of August 5, authorities and security guards clashed with some 20 protesters as they marched along Sihanouk Boulevard on their way to the Court of Appeal, causing a few to suffer slight injuries.

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