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Khmer-Americans protest against Cambodia-Thai dispute

West Seattle/White Center protest highlights Cambodia/Thailand dispute

You’ve heard a lot about what’s going on in the Middle East – but have
you heard about what’s going on in Southeast Asia? A border clash
between Cambodia and Thailand is about to come to a head in front of the United Nations,
and today Cambodian-Americans came to West Seattle and White Center
for a demonstration aimed at bringing it to your attention and
demanding the U.S. government get involved. West Seattle Blog/White Center Now contributor Deanie Schwarz noticed the protest, took these photos and talked to spokesperson Sokmakara Hang,
who explained that the demonstrators came from all over the state, and
came here because this area has the state’s highest concentration of
Cambodian-Americans. They stood on corners all around 16th/Roxbury:

Also on hand was Meach Sovannara from the Khmer Post Media Center in Long Beach (Calif.). The dispute is over a border area near the Preah Vihear Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site
that is more than a millennium old. The Cambodian-Americans say the
most recent skirmishes killed Cambodian soldiers, and are demanding that
the Thai government stop what they call an “invasion.” They want
United Nations intervention as well as President Obama and the rest of the international community. According to this story from the Bangkok Post,
this issue will be brought to the UN Security Council on Monday, and
reportedly Cambodia will claim it’s at war with Thailand. There’s more
background on the century-long conflict over the temple in this Jakarta Post story.
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