Controversial Stupa Rebuilding Approved

Members of the Sam Rainsy Party plan a ceremony at 3 pm today to lay the first stone for a stu­pa to honor those killed in a 1997 grenade attack.

The families of some of the 16 vic­tims who died will be present, par­­ty officials said.

The stupa, the sixth to be erected by opposition politicians, has the approval of Phnom Penh municipal officials, according to Sam Rainsy Party member Ung Bun-Ang.

Previous stupas, erected on the site of the explosion directly across from the National As­sembly, were removed be­cause city officials said the party had not obtained permits.

The newest stupa will be built according to specifications agreed to by the city, on a site about 50 meters away from where the explosion occurred, Ung Bun-Ang said.

Victims of the 1997 attack were among a crowd protesting what they said was judicial corruption. No one has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Sam Rainsy Party member Ung Bun-Ang. Previous stupas, erected on the site of the explosion directly across from the National Assembly, were removed because city officials said the party had not obtained permits. The newest stupa will be built according to specifications agreed to by the city, on a site about 50 meters away from where the explosion occurred, Ung Bun-Ang said. Victims of the 1997 attack were among a crowd protesting what they said was judicial corruption. No one has been arrested in connection with the attack.

 

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