Authorities Linger as Supporters Mark Four Years Since Kem Ley Murder

Authorities on Friday continued to restrict events memorializing the fourth anniversary of the murder of political analyst Kem Ley, while the Phnom Penh gas station where he was shot dead was occupied by police rather than visible supporters.

In Takeo province’s Tram Kak district, where Kem Ley’s unfinished stupa was the site of a memorial ceremony hosted by his family, Vorn Pov, president of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), apologized to Kem Ley for arriving late. 

He and a group from the informal economy workers’ union traveling in a caravan of tuk-tuks and cars were stopped by Tram Kak authorities en route to the memorial event. 

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