Despite Roadblocks, Youth Continue Their Journey to Kem Ley’s Hometown

After they were banned from holding a memorial in Phnom Penh and stopped by authorities four times during a march in Takeo province, youth activists on Thursday continued their journey to commemorate slain political analyst Kem Ley ahead of the fourth anniversary of his death.

Thon Ratha, a 29-year-old environmental activist who joined the procession, said a group of about 20 youth activists walked from Kem Ley’s family home in Tram Kak district’s Leay Bour commune to Daun Keo City in recognition of the commentator’s death and legacy.

The group originally intended to march from Phnom Penh to Takeo province, following the route of the millions-strong funeral procession that made the trek in late July 2016. Kem Ley was fatally shot in the capital on July 10, 2016 as he was drinking coffee at the Caltex gas station shop at the corner of Mao Tse Toung and Monivong boulevards.

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