A group of about 100 monks who tried to gather in front of the Royal Palace on Thursday to implore King Norodom Sihamoni to reconsider his decision to convene the National Assembly on Monday were prevented from doing so by metal barriers manned by riot police. Blocked from approaching the palace, the monks sat down in neat rows and began meditating in front of the barrier. The Venerable Buth Buntenh, who said he had organized the demonstration, told reporters that the monks were praying for King Sihamoni to reconsider his decision to convene parliament in four days, as
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