Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

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Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

Post by Mrs Stroppy » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:05 pm

The Cambodia Red Cross donated a total of 140 million riel, or about $35,000, to 37 security guards that were injured after being beaten on Tuesday by opposition protesters demanding the opening of Freedom Park, officials said Wednesday.

Kim Vutha, chief of the Daun Penh district security force, said that three critically injured guards each received 10 million riel, about $2,500, while 19 seriously injured guards each received 5 million riel, or about $1,250. Fifteen slightly injured guards received 1 million riel, about $250, apiece.

“They are fine now,” he said of the injured guards.

Tuesday’s clash saw opposition protesters turn the table on the notoriously violent guards, who have repeatedly beaten CNRP protesters over the past six months.

But unlike previous clashes, the role reversal piqued the sympathy of the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC).

The donations were the first time the CRC, a relief organization headed by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife Bun Rany, has sent funds to those injured during clashes following last year’s disputed election.

Uy Sam Ath, director of the CRC’s disaster management unit, declined to comment on the donations or their political implications.

CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha said at a press conference Wednesday that the donations were evidence of the organization’s bias.

“The worst thing is the CRC—they went to help one side only,” he said. “CRC is meant to help whoever faces accidents.”

Am Sam Ath, technical supervisor at rights group Licadho, said he dare not give his opinion about the donations from the CRC. “But its role and objective is to rescue people from difficulties without political bias.”

The guards also received donations from district and municipal officials. City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said that Governor Pa Socheatevong donated about $125 to each of the 22 more seriously injured guards.

Daun Penh district governor Kuoch Chamroeun said donations had poured in today.

“I don’t know about the exact number because there are a lot of generous people.”

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Re: Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

Post by StroppyChops » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:12 pm

"The donations were the first time the CRC, a relief organization headed by Prime Minister HE’s wife Bun Rany, has sent funds to those injured during clashes following last year’s disputed election." Nothing dodgy going on here.
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Re: Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

Post by ali baba » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:23 pm

You might want to change the title to make it clear that it is The Cambodian Red Cross, not to be confused with The International Red Cross.
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Re: Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

Post by Mrs Stroppy » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:51 pm

I just used the title of the newspaper article.
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Re: Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

Post by HotRecruiter » Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:04 pm

Where is the funding from? CRC from Cambodians only?

Intl Red Cross from international donors?
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Re: Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

Post by djones » Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:43 pm

HotRecruiter wrote:Where is the funding from? CRC from Cambodians only?

Intl Red Cross from international donors?
I doubt the CRC would refuse money from me or you
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Re: Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

Post by flying chicken » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:30 am

A brilliant play to give the Red Cross and CRC good public relation.
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Re: Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

Post by HotRecruiter » Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:19 pm

HotRecruiter wrote:Where is the funding from? CRC from Cambodians only?

Intl Red Cross from international donors?
No sources yet?

I donate on occasion, I thought the (Intl) Red Cross was still good ...

Don Bosco and Habitat for Humanity quite good till, too.
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Re: Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

Post by Sailorman » Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:02 am

From one corrupt pocket to another corrupt pocket. Oh! how the money rolls in. Its a shame that they are using the name of a reputable organization.
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Re: Red Cross Donates $35k To Injured Security Guards

Post by flying chicken » Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:31 am

Just before the previous election I recalled Bun Rany visited a rural village in Svay Rieng with like 20 bodyguards giving away 50 krama (towels) and some canned foods in the name of Cambodian Red Cross. Very noble indeed.
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