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Rainsy's hunger strike continues at Wat Ounalom


Sam Rainsy gets a health check at the beginning of his hunger strike near the National Assembly on Wednesday, October 25, before his eviction that evening along with hundreds of landless peasants.


ppostion leader Sam Rainsy is continuing a hunger strike to call attention to alleged

unfair distribution of flood relief supplies.

"The ruling party (CPP) and the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) have diverted aid

from the international community for their own political interests," Rainsy

said as a nurse administered an intravenous drip as he lay on the floor of a monks'

dormitory at Wat Ounalom following his relocation by police on October 25 from his

strike's original location in the park across from the National Assembly

Rainsy said police officials told him they were ordered to clear the park of his

entourage and flood victims in preparation for the Water Festival, to be held from

November 10 to 12, and the November 13-14 visit to Cambodia of the Chinese President,

Jiang Zemin.

"The police would rather take care of the grass than the victims of the floods,"

said Rainsy.



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