17 years ago, Cambodia was in a different place. Opposition to Hun Sen’s dictatorship meant you we’re risking your life. In 1997, an ordinary rally by the opposition, including Mr. Rainsy, turned deadly as grenades were thrown in the the crowd.
16 DEAD and 100 INJURED, including SAM RAINSY
Unfortunately, the suspects were never caught because they were hidden amongst the military/police forces that were there observing the rally. There is no doubt who approved of these acts.
Today, the opposition have some protection due to pressures from outside influences but in many ways, things are still the same. Hun Sen and his control over the government, military, media, elections, and police forces have made it hard for anyone to challenge him….until now.
The CNRP have made great strides but they must learn how to play politics like a great counter boxer. Every small gain by the party has been easily countered by Hun Sen’s ‘people’. Momentum should always be critically valued and used to defend any absurd countermoves by Hun Sen as he and his party introduce new laws /ordinances with pencils. Momentum should never be taken for granted because it is hard to regain once lost.
We want peace. We want justice. We want a TRUE leader.
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RIP Mr. Brinkley.
‘Brinkley joined the Times’ Washington bureau in 1983 and stayed at the paper for 23 years. He was the author or co-author of four books, the latest on Cambodia. He later taught journalism at Stanford University.’ -AP
An attempt to gather at ‘
Freedom Park’ for International Women’s day to only be met with barricades set up by security forces, police, and the military. Oh, the irony.
What else will the Gov’t allow but NOT allow?
From 1863 to 1993, there have been numerous flags representing Cambodia during various occupation and rule. These are a few of many flags that have symbolized Cambodia throughout the years.
- Colonial Cambodia 1863– March 1945, October 1945–1948
- French Indochina 1887–1954
- Japanese occupation of Cambodia March – October 1945
- Democratic Kampuchea 1975–1979
- Khmer Republic 1970–1975
- The UNTAC: United Nations blue flag with a white Map of Cambodia with a Khmer word in the center: Kampuchea 1992–1993
“Be careful because Cambodia is the most dangerous place you will ever visit. You will fall in love with it, and eventually it will break your heart.”
-Joseph Mussomelli, former US ambassador to Cambodia