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Desecration of King's Pictures in Kampong Speu

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.

Eyewitnesses 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.