Kampong Speu
A traffic police officer in Phnom Penh on September 15, 2020. (VOD)

Holiday Police Violence Puts Officer Under Investigation

Five friends were eating and drinking under a tree on the January 7 holiday when 10 police officers pulled up, accused them of insult, drew an assault rifle, beat them, and detained them at the station, they have alleged.

Remnants of the Metta Forest on August 9, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Briefs: Violent Threat Against Metta Forest Monk

Kampong Speu residents accused soldiers of threatening to use violence against a monk trying to protect the community’s Metta forest, confiscating his phone to stop him from taking photos of their activities.

Racing boats pass under the Road 143 bridge during the Water Festival celebration in Kampong Speu's Chbar Mon city on November 7, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Crowding, Chanting, Sinking at Prek Tnaut River for Water Festival

CHBAR MON CITY, Kampong Speu — Waters and spirits were high as the annual Water Festival boat races resumed after a two-year hiatus, bringing thousands to the banks of the Prek Tnaut river to watch competitors soar, or sink, through its currents.