At least 100 monks and hundreds more civilians started out Sunday on a 10-day march along five major roads leading to Phnom Penh, aiming to converge on the National Assembly on December 10 to mark International Human Rights Day and submit a petition listing their grievances. The march is another show of strength by a growing minority of politically active monks animated by July’s contentious national election, and they hope to add to their numbers as they approach Phnom Penh. The Venerable Bun Buntenh, who helped organize what he called the “Peace Walk,” heads the Independent Monk Network
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