A storm is brewing over Phnom Penh. On election eve the heavy smell of rain floats the streets of Cambodia's capital while protestors burn Military Police trucks nearby the city centre in Stung Meanchey district. However, tempers calmed down.
"Do, com do?" ("To change or not to change?") is the slogan the oppositions' election campaigners shout everyday in urban Cambodia. This blogpost provides basic information about the National Election on Sunday, July 28, 2013.
Cooped up in a small basket, Soroang Chun’s butterflies glitter in the midday sun. The Butterflies Garden Restaurants’ employee pays the 13-year-old Cambodian approximately 2 Euros for more than 60 insects to entertain its guests in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap.
Text: Sarah Thust; Photos: Mona Simon
by Sarah Thust and Anne Renzenbrink
One week before the national election, opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned to Cambodia today.
"I feel that more and more people are asserting themselves, taking it to the street - willing to join despite the fear factors," said human rights activist Ou Virak yesterday.
"This year, we have no chance on free elections, because the ruling party still intimidates poor people in the countryside. However, the opposition party will grow stronger and, maybe, in five years will win," English teacher In Sokhoun said in the Freedom Park today.
During my research for ARD German Radio I interviewed the Cambodian Human Rights Activist Virak Ou about the role of social media and fear during the election campaign and the expectations for the election results on July 28. Read the uncut interview:
I traveled continents to discover the world. What I found was a second home. After my Journalism Studies I moved from Leipzig to Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. Having reported about the country's development for two years, I returned to Germany with a different point of view.