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Latest update : 2014-01-06

Cambodia launches crackdown on opposition

In this edition: online reports of the violent crackdown on opposition activists in Cambodia; coping with the severe cold weather in the US; and web users the world over pay tribute to Eusebio.

CAMBODIA LAUNCHES CRACKDOWN ON OPPOSITION

As we can see in these images posted to the Facebook page run by Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy, hundreds of anti-riot police were deployed to a park in Phnom Penh on Saturday to disperse anti-government demonstrators from where they had been camping for the past month. They were forcefully evicted from the site and this comes after the government’s violent crackdown on a demonstration staged by textile workers on Friday when police opened fire, killing several protesters.

Protesters who were calling on the government to increase the minimum wage, but as these shots and other videos, posted online by witnesses in the Cambodian capital, illustrate, the rally soon turned into a pitched battle with security forces. Police officers fired live ammunition at garment workers armed with stones and Molotov cocktails, claiming numerous victims…

NGOs have strongly condemned the violence against protesters and anti-government activists. Organizations like Cambodian Human Rights organization LICADHO and Amnesty International are urging the authorities to refrain from using force and are calling for an immediate investigation into these incidents. 

SEVERE COLD WAVE HITS NORTH AMERICA

Frozen fountains, icy roads and snow that makes its way all the way down to the actual platforms of subway stations… Major snow storms and bitterly cold wind and temperatures hit the North East US on Friday bringing a towns and cities to a standstill.

Many chose to confront the severe cold wave with a smile. Scores of Boston residents for example heeded the call from “November project” which encourages Americans to embrace sport in winter, and joined forces to shovel the snow off one of the city’s long avenues, clearing it together as a team, in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

And staying in Boston, web user Corey Gilmore made the most of the snow covered streets to get his skis on and turn the pavements in his neighbourhood into slalom runs.

Yes snow sports are proving hugely popular in cities affected by the almost arctic temperatures… New York City’s WNCY radio has posted this interactive map online locating all the areas being used for sledging, an activity that has won over a number of New Yorkers over the past few days, and children in particular.

The Bartz family meanwhile has been making giant snow sculptures, like this 3-meter high shark. It took them 95 hours to complete and they are proudly exhibiting it in front of their Minnesota home.

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Portuguese football legend Eusebio died in the early hours of Sunday morning, at the age of 71, and tributes have been pouring onto social networks ever since. Nicknamed the Black Panther, Eusebio is widely considered to be the best player Portugal has ever seen. Current Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has also joined those paying respects, in a tweet that says his legend will live on forever. 

"SLIGHTLY HAUNTED HOUSE" FOR SALE

A Victorian house with 1850 square foot of living space for sale in Pennsylvania. This ad on real estate website Zillow is not quite as run of the mill as it would seem. According to the owner, the property is “slightly haunted” but “nothing serious”. So the future occupants should expect to hear phantom footsteps, strange knocking sounds and quiet screaming at 3:13 am. So if ‘you’re not afraid of things that go bump in the night, the asking price is 144,000 dollars. 

MEET DARCY, THE CLASSIEST HEDGEHOG ON INSTAGRAM

Darcy the hedgehog has become something of a social media darling, with over 405,000 followers on Instagram. Darcy’s owner Shota Tsukamoto regularly photographs the hedgehog in all sorts of scenarios and posts the cute pics to the “Darcy, the flying hedgehog” page…

VIDEO OF THE DAY

In a bid to promote their sport, which they feel doesn’t get enough media coverage, members of the US Women’s curling team have produced a parody of the “What does the fox say?” by Norwegian duet Ylvis. With the Sochi Winter Olympics just around the corner, the clip tells you what the captain, the “skip”, says, to spur on the team during the competition. You can check out the somewhat wacky video in its entirety on YouTube…

By Electron Libre

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