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Restive Pagoda Has Long Been a Thorn in Government’s Side

The pagoda houses monks from the restive minority community of Khmer Kampuchea Krom, an ethnic group that lives in today’s Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, who claim abuse at the hands of Vietnamese authorities.

The pagoda houses monks from the restive minority community of Khmer Kampuchea Krom, an ethnic group that lives in today’s Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, who claim abuse at the hands of Vietnamese authorities.
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A general view of Phnom Penh's Samakki Raingsey temple which is known as the temple of Kampuchea Krom Buddhist monks.
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A general view of Phnom Penh's Samakki Raingsey temple which is known as the temple of Kampuchea Krom Buddhist monks.

Bags and other belongings of​ the communities that are sheltered temporarily in Samakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, February 5, 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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Bags and other belongings of​ the communities that are sheltered temporarily in Samakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, February 5, 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

A boy is taking a nap during an afternoon in Samakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 5, 2015.
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A boy is taking a nap during an afternoon in Samakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 5, 2015.

A general view of Sammakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 5, 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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A general view of Sammakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 5, 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

Thach Ha Sam Ang, Samakki Raingsey’s acting chief monk hold the letter notify the investigation from authority on February 5, 2015.
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Thach Ha Sam Ang, Samakki Raingsey’s acting chief monk hold the letter notify the investigation from authority on February 5, 2015.

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A monk and a man is riding his motor out of the Samakki Raingsey pagoda on 5th February 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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A monk and a man is riding his motor out of the Samakki Raingsey pagoda on 5th February 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

A sign on the wall showing the Friendship of Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association in Samakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 5, 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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A sign on the wall showing the Friendship of Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association in Samakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 5, 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

A monk is lighting an insense in Samakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 5, 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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A monk is lighting an insense in Samakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 5, 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

A sign on the wall showing Khmer Kampuchea Krom Buddhist Monk Association in Samakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 5, 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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A sign on the wall showing Khmer Kampuchea Krom Buddhist Monk Association in Samakki Raingsey temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 5, 2015. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

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