Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Overthrow Marked By Joy, Anger

Tens of thousands of Vietnamese troops invaded Cambodia in late December 1978 and overthrew the Chinese-backed Khmer Rouge regime on 7 January 1979.

The Cambodian and Vietnamese governments held colorful ceremonies this week to mark the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime 40 years ago.

But the event continues to divide opinion among Cambodians.

The Cambodian ceremony was organized by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen at Olympic Stadium on Monday. Speeches made and parades were held to entertain the thousands of CPP supporters who attended the event.

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