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The Gecko: 21 June 2002

A woman at the Rainsy-led Congress of the Poor demonstration on June 18 was

carrying a sign in English which read "The poor demand social justice". One

journalist asked her "What does this mean in Khmer?" She replied (in Khmer): "I

don't know."

At the same demo, the Free Trade Union of Workers of the

Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) had a banner calling for an increase in the minimum

wage to $70 per month. A wonderful idea, but it's unclear if anyone has

explained to FTUKWC that if the government accepted this demand probably every

garment factory in the Kingdom would shut down and move to Vietnam within one

week. Maybe there is a conspiracy afoot.

Jose Carreras is set to perform at Angkor Wat. Ticket sales will start at the

low, low price of only $500. But the cause is good. Proceeds go to CRC, VI and


Samnang Beware! Your $5 Heart of Darkness T-shirts are now on sale at the

Choeung Ek Killing Fields Gift Shop for only two bucks.

The Vietnamese flag along the waterfront is STILL upside down.

There are causes, Xhosas, casuistry, and then there is Tom Fawthrop. Tom,

ever the fan of the underdog, has established the Phnom Penh chapter of the "Go

Senegal Club". He's produced a bunch of colorful T-shirts which say "Viva

Senegal-African Victory. New World Order-World Cup 2002". Tom says that shirts

can be ordered by calling Mr. Kola at 012-804-171, and that all profits will

support a worthy cause.

As a committed underdog supporter Tom was asked if he was rooting for the USA

in the current World Cup frenzy. He stopped in his tracks, as if he had just

been told he was standing in the middle of a minefield. Against Germany, Tom

will be pulling for the Yanks. Imagine that!

In other World Cup-related news, Andy Eames is on the verge of a nervous

collapse with the thought that he might see England win the Cup at least once in

his lifetime.

After a flood of inquiries via email, phone and fax from around the globe,

the Post Investigation & Research Department has finally come up with

answers to questions that have been nagging readers for all too long. In 1999 in

the Big Apple 184 New Yorkers were bitten by rats. During that same year, 1,002

New Yorkers were bitten by other New Yorkers.



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