Monks barred from Boeung Kak

Dec. 30, 2010. The 99 monks Boeung Kak residents invited to conduct a blessing ceremony in the lake area on Dec. 29 were ordered by the authorities not take part in the ceremony. In response, residents marched to Sras Chok pagoda where the ceremony took place, after first gathering at Shukaku Inc.’s lakeside office to throw salt and rice outside the company’s grounds. Residents said they had invited 99 monks to represent the 99 years of the illegal lease to Shukaku Inc. and that they wanted to organise the ceremony to bring luck for the coming year. Commune chief Chay Thirith had approved the ceremony ahead of it taking place, yet the action was met by police and company guards.

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