Re: Desecration of King's Pictures in Kampong Speu

This incident shows how some people feel about kings in Cambodia.

"Chim" <ChimS1@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Desecration of King's Pictures in Kampong Speu
> Reaksmey Heng
> Phnom Penh, Cambodia
> 23/12/2005
> King's, Queen's pictures burned at La-Ngim primary school (photo by
> Khemara)
> Former King Sihanouk, King Sihamoni and Queen Monineath have not
> reacted to the news about the desecration of their pictures at a Lngim
> primary school in Oral town, Kampong Speu province Monday, say the
> royal family and the royal palace officials.
> Eye witnesses told VOA a group of unknown men broke the school's locks
> and burned the pictures on the wall, along with some proverbs and
> mottos along the walls.
> Kampong Speu officials who vow to hunt for the perpetrators and punish
> them say there has been no arrest yet and they are still investigating.
> Prince Ranariddh, National Assembly president, FUNCINPEC party leader,
> former King Sihanouk's son, and King Sihamoni's half-brother, says that
> he investigates the incident closely and does not think that people
> burn the King's pictures, but rather that they burned the school and
> some documents, and the pictures happen to be in the school.
> But Lngim village chief Huor Khom says that the pictures were burned
> and some documents not the school.
> National Assembly's first Vice President Heng Samrin regrets the action
> and wants the authorities to punish those who are responsible.
> Opposition Sam Rainsy party lawmaker Keo Remy says that the Kings are
> protected by the Constitution and any violation on the Kings, whether
> former or present Kings, intentionally or unintentionally, is a
> desecration and should be punished by law.


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