Protesters, including a band of angry monks, clashed with military and riot police on Thursday in Phnom Penh as authorities tried to prevent a local housing rights group from carrying out a rally against forced evictions. Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF), a coalition of five local rights NGOs, had announced plans to march from Wat Phnom to nearby City Hall on Monivong Boulevard to deliver a petition against forced evictions but were told on Wednesday by the municipality that they would not be allowed to do so.