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.