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Cambodia marks Day of Anger

A scene from the notorious 'Killing Fields' is re-enacted during a ceremony on Thursday at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Photo EPA/Mak Remissa

A scene from the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ is re-enacted during a ceremony on Thursday at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Photo EPA/Mak Remissa

Hundreds of people marked Cambodia’s annual Day of Anger on Thursday by gathering at a Khmer Rouge killing field on the outskirts of Phnom Penh to watch a re-enactment of atrocities committed by the regime.

The Khmer Times reports: ‘Phnom Penh Municipal governor Pa Socheatevong has vowed that a regime like Pol Pot’s will never be allowed to return to power in Cambodia.

‘About 1,000 people yesterday commemorated the annual Day of Anger at Chhoeung Ek killing fields on the outskirts of the capital, recalling the estimated 1.5 million who died under the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979.

‘“Our people have shown their determination never to return to the past,” Governor Socheatevong said after the event.

‘“This day is for us all to remind the next generation how many people suffered and how a nation was destroyed. We must remain committed to ensuring we never let history repeat.

‘“We need to prevent those who would intentionally destroy peace from gaining power.”

‘A short re-creation of the Khmer Rouge era was staged at the field, showing people being tortured and beaten.’

Read more: http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/38529/we-will-never-forget–promises-governor/


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