Below are links to my collective freelance pieces for Al Jazeera that I did with foreign journalists in Cambodia during the political stand off and violence in Cambodia in winter 2013.
January 24, 2014
Amid the excitement of massive pro-democracy protests that took over the streets of Phnom Penh in late December and early January, the largest such demonstrations in the country’s history, a dark side has emerged.
Alongside cries for greater government transparency and less corruption, and calls for Cambodia’s strongman prime minister, Hun Sen, to step down, some street protesters have been shouting anti-Vietnamese slogans, reflecting opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s longtime animus toward the Vietnamese – a conspicuous blotch on his otherwise strong human rights record.
January 04, 2014
As hundreds of heavily-armed military police began moving in to quell protesting garment workers Friday morning, Neang Davin looked on nervously.
“Last night I didn’t join anything, I was just driving my motorbike and stopped to watch. The police arrived, they didn’t ask anything, they just went in and began beating us,” said Davin, leaning on a bamboo stick for support. “Even though we ran into the market, we weren’t confronting them; they just went in and started beating us. They hit me on the back with a baton.”