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Hundreds March To Protest Refugee Deal With Australia​

Hundreds March To Protest Refugee Deal With Australia​
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Some 300 people, including monks and students, marched through the capital on Friday, protesting a refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia. Protesters say Cambodia is not prepared to take in refugees that have been interred at a facility on the Micronesian island of Nauru and that the deal violates the spirit of international refugee conventions. “All those refugees, they wanted to seek asylum and Australian citizenship,” Mao Pises, who is president of the Federation Cambodian Intellectuals and Students and one of the organizers, told VOA Khmer. “They risked their lives in crossing a big ocean, by boat, to flee their home countries and to live in Australia. So, they didn’t intend to live in Cambodia, a poor country, at all.” (Suy Heimkhemra, Phnom Penh)