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Cambodia Arrests 8 over 'SOS' Messages for Obama

16 November 2012

Cambodia authorities on Thursday arrested eight villagers for plastering a picture of US President Barack Obama on their rooftops beside spray-painted messages of “SOS.” The villagers said their community of about 400 families was ordered in July to vacate their land adjacent to Phnom Penh’s airport so it could enlarge its runway and build a security buffer zone. “We are being forcibly evicted from our land without proper compensation,” said 23-year-old villager Sim Sokunthea. “We didn’t mean any harm. We just wanted Obama to help us.”—AP