The Straits Times
Published on Nov 15, 2012

Cambodia arrests eight for 'SOS Obama' stunt


PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian police arrested eight people on Thursday for displaying portraits of US President Barack Obama next to the word "SOS" on their roofs ahead of his much-anticipated visit to the nation.

The stunt was carried out by residents living near Phnom Penh airport in protest at their threatened eviction, a local human rights group said, in the latest of a slew of bitter land disputes across the impoverished country.

The charges against the six women and two men were not immediately clear.

"They put Obama's picture on their roofs and painted 'SOS' next to it," said national police spokesman Kirt Chantharith, adding "we are questioning them about their reason for doing this".