I snuck inside "Freedom" Park today.

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I snuck inside "Freedom" Park today.

Postby General Mackevili » Mon May 12, 2014 4:24 pm

Barricaded all around with a few checkpoints.

I found one checkpoint with a guard playing Flappy Bird on his iPhone or something, and just him the ol' half wave with a nod (works all the time, half the time), and he just ignored me as I rode past.

I drove around in circles in a closed off ghost town. A few kids playing in the deserted streets, soldiers dozing off in hammocks and few watching me to decide if I should be in there or not.

Although mostly asleep, they definitely seemed ready for action. All of their riot gear was lined up nicely all over the place, ready to be jumped into at a moment's notice.


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As soon as I stopped to snap the above picture (from inside Freedom Park, Street 106 looking east across Norodom) I was greeted by a soldier immediately.

He was very polite and spoke good English.

"Hello," he said smiling, "You need to go."

He pointed to the nearest checkpoint, waited for me to finish snapping a few quick pics but kept pointing me out.

I left.

Here are some random pictures from the outside. All taken from Norodom.

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Freedom Park. Funny name.

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Re: I snuck inside

Postby Flynn » Mon May 12, 2014 4:35 pm

Wow. How long has it been like this?
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Postby SockPuppet » Mon May 12, 2014 4:43 pm

mmmm, i can smell freedom in the air
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Re: I snuck inside "Freedom" Park today.

Postby General Mackevili » Mon May 12, 2014 4:44 pm

Flynn wrote:Wow. How long has it been like this?
I'm not even sure. I went past here and took these pictures around 3PM today. Not sure how long they plan to keep it sealed off like this either.

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Postby SockPuppet » Mon May 12, 2014 4:53 pm

this been up from at least 1st of May when there was an attempt to protest on Labour Day.
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Re: I snuck inside "Freedom" Park today.

Postby StroppyChops » Mon May 12, 2014 9:10 pm

You really are an adrenaline junkie, aren't you?

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Re: I snuck inside

Postby ali baba » Sat May 17, 2014 1:51 pm

There were 4 truckloads of riot police in Wat Botum park next to Sihanouk boulevard yesterday. Many of them were being very naughty and standing or sitting on the grass.
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Re: I snuck inside

Postby IraHayes » Sun May 18, 2014 7:42 am

We've spoken to the Police on the barricades. They will not be letting anymore riff-raff through!!
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Re: I snuck inside

Postby badboybubby » Sun May 18, 2014 12:12 pm

Flynn wrote:Wow. How long has it been like this?
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General Mackevili wrote:Freedom Park. Funny name
my khmer mate also scoffed...wonder whether it has anything to do with the american embassy next door...
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Re: I snuck inside "Freedom" Park today.

Postby General Mackevili » Mon May 19, 2014 1:21 pm

badboybubby wrote:
General Mackevili wrote:Freedom Park. Funny name
my khmer mate also scoffed...wonder whether it has anything to do with the american embassy next door...
Fitting.
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