Activists Stopped From Peace Walk Across Cambodia
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Nearly 100 people starting a peace walk across Cambodia were stopped just inside the border by immigration officials Monday, a peace worker said.
Buddhist monks, chanting and beating drums, led Cambodian refugees and peace advocates across the border Sunday night, said Arlys Herem of the Coalition for Peace and Reconciliation, which organized the walk.
Early Monday, they planned to begin a month-long, 275-mile trek to the capital, Phnom Penh, to encourage implementation of the peace accord signed in October by the four warring factions in Cambodia’s 13-year-old civil war.
But immigration officers at the border town of Poipet would not let the group proceed until it received permission from officials in Phnom Penh, Herem said. She said the march probably would be delayed for several days.
The walkers include 65 Cambodian refugees and peace advocates and monks from the United States, Japan, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Australia.