Protests at Preah Vihear

The Cambodian government has closed its borders with Thailand at the site of Preah Vihear, when Thai protesters staged a rally near the checkpoint.

Cambodia shuts Thai border crossing to disputed temple
AFP, 24 June 2008

Cambodia has closed its border with Thailand at the disputed Preah Vihear temple after a group of Thai protesters rallied near the ruins, an official said Tuesday.

Senior Minister Var Kimhong, chairman of the Cambodian government’s border committee, told AFP the border crossing was closed Sunday evening when a group of Thai protesters rallied near the checkpoint.

“The reason is Thai protesters demonstrated near the gate to the temple and authorities feared that something could happen to visitors to Preah Vihear temple,” Kimhong said, adding he did not know when the crossing would reopen.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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