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Vehicles drive over a large hump in the road after a sand pipe nearly exploded in Phnom Penh's Chak Angre Krom commune on Thursday. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

National Road 2 Bulges, Cracks Open After Sand Pipe Explosion

The explosion of an underground sand pipe caused a 20-meter length of asphalt to bulge and crack open along National Road 2 Thursday morning, blocking traffic for more than an hour near the Australian Center for Education.

Activist Chhoeun Daravy is surrounded by authorities during a protest outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court near City Mall on the morning of August 13, 2020 (Licadho)

Another Activist Arrested as UN, Rights Groups Condemn Crackdown

Another activist was arrested in Phnom Penh on Thursday as the U.N., international rights groups and dozens of local civil society organizations condemned the government’s “campaign of fear and repression” against human rights defenders.

Eng Malai, also known as So Metta, participates in a protest in Phnom Penh on September 8, 2020. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Before Her Arrest, Khmer Thavrak Activist Spoke of Jail, Love for Nation

Khmer Thavrak started from a core group of about 30 activists in January, Metta explained, with small groups of four or five people sporadically joining over the past nine months. She too joined that way: Metta worked as a chef in a Kratie restaurant, and later in a Chinese restaurant in Phnom Penh, but she was always following social issues in the news.