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Students to protest Australia refugee deal

Students to protest Australia refugee deal

Students, activist monks and land rights demonstrators will hold a march in Phnom Penh on Friday in protest of a controversial refugee resettlement agreement between Australia and Cambodia.

The groups will discuss with City Hall today their aim to march with 1,000 people to multiple embassies and political parties, ending with the Australian Embassy.

A previous protest was held outside the Australian Embassy and the Ministry of Interior on September 26, hours before the deal was inked. Protesters have argued that Cambodia will not be able to protect the rights of refugees and that Australia is paying the Kingdom to assume its international responsibilities.

“We are doing this campaign in order to ask for help from relevant stakeholders to put pressure on both the Cambodian and Australian governments to cancel the agreement,” said Tib Teav, the executive director of the Cambodian Democratic Students Intellectual Federation.

City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche declined to comment on the issue until after today’s meeting.

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