What! Not “welcoming” refugees in Cambodia? Are these Cambodians racists, xenophobes (maybe even Islamophobes)?
If you are arriving here for the first time, please see our ‘Australia category’ for all the background on this. The gist of it is that Australia has struck a very lucrative deal for the Cambodian government to take some of Australia’s boat people asylum-seekers and resettle them in Cambodia.
Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison royally ticked-off the humanitarian industrial complex when he dared ask—if the asylum seekers want safety, then why not resettle in Cambodia? Why, he asked, do they have a right to a first world country? See our recent post.
So here is the latest: The Leftwing Non-governmental Organizations have ginned-up demonstrations in Phnom Penh where demonstrators demanded that Australia keep the asylum seekers.
You know what strikes me as so funny (sort of) is that no one calls the Cambodians “racists” or “xenophobes” for not wanting the refugees and wanting their own people taken care of first! Imagine if we took to the streets with placards not wanting to “welcome” refugees!
Movements, students and religious organizations have joined a growing chorus of opposition to Cambodia’s agreement to resettle refugees from Australia.
Protesters in Cambodia issued a petition on Friday calling for the government to ditch a controversial agreement to resettle refugees redirected from Australia.
The march was in response to a controversial deal inked between the Cambodian and Australian governments in late September.
Under the deal, the Cambodian government agreed to take in refugees from Australian detention centers, in exchange for cash from Canberra to cover resettlement costs.
The Australian government sweetened the deal by pledging around US$35 million in development projects over the next four years. While both governments say the deal guarantees refugees their rights under international law, the thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Phnom Penh thought otherwise.
The article goes on to quote protestors who say their own poor people are not being adequately cared-for.
Sure looks like some skilled ‘community organizers’ and outside agitators have moved in to whip up a frenzy! Funny though that the mainstream media plays right along when the demonstration fits the media’s agenda as well.
Organized by a broad coalition of NGOs, monks, students and others, the protesters delivered a petition condemning the deal to the government, offices of the United Nations and European Union, and embassies of Australia and United States. [Why in front of the US embassy, is this any of our business?---ed]
It wasn’t long ago that Israelis went to the streets and said they didn’t want refugees there either and all hell broke loose and worldwide criticism followed. Here is one story from January 2013 about citizens of Tel Aviv demonstrating and wanting African migrants deported, but of course those demonstrators weren’t treated with kid gloves by the media as the Cambodians are. Funny how that double-standard works, isn’t it?
Remember Cloward and Piven and how to bring on the revolution while hiding behind the shield of good intentions? We get it! We know that it is all about flooding wealthy western countries with third world impoverished people in order to bring down the West.