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Villagers seek PM’s help for ousted monk

Villagers seek PM’s help for ousted monk

MORE than 2,000 villagers from Kandal province’s Muk Kampoul district asked for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s intervention yesterday after a monk was forcibly removed from the Keo Monyvorn pagoda last week. Sambour Meas commune chief Noun Sophut said that more than 30 armed police officers came on Wednesday and forced Chea Sovannaphum, an abbot at the pagoda, to leave for reasons that remain unknown. She said more than 100 villagers had attempted to prevent the authorities forcing him to leave, but the crowd was dispersed when one of the police officers fired into the air.  Chea Sovannaphum is now being detained at another pagoda in the area. “I don’t know why they arrested me and detain me like this,” he  said yesterday. “What they did is very cruel and illegal because they . . . arrested me without having reason.” Muk Kampoul district police chief Soam Sihak declined to comment yesterday.

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