The Cambodian National Rescue Party held a rally for democracy on Sunday, that featured passionate speeches followed by a march that culminated in an effigy and mock burial of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The events, said Mu Sochua, a former member of the Cambodian Parliament and a vice president of the CNRP, were to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the assassination of Kem Ley, as well as to protest the elections scheduled to take place in Cambodia on July 23.
“Kem Ley was a very well known, very well respected independent political, social, economic activist,” she said by phone on Monday. “He reached out to millions and millions of Cambodians from all walks of life, especially the youth and the rural poor. He spoke the language of the people. People call him our hero-professor, Verak Bundit.”