We will never forget, promises governor

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An emotional ceremony is held every year. KT/Mai Vireak

Phnom Penh Municipal governor Pa Socheatevong has vowed that a regime like Pol Pot’s will never be allowed to return to power in Cambodia.
 
About 1,000 people yesterday commemorated the annual Day of Anger at Chhoeung Ek killing fields on the outskirts of the capital, recalling the estimated 1.5 million who died under the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979.
 
“Our people have shown their determination never to return to the past,” Governor Socheatevong said after the event.
 
“This day is for us all to remind the next generation how many people suffered and how a nation was destroyed. We must remain committed to ensuring we never let history repeat.
 
“We need to prevent those who would intentionally destroy peace from gaining power.”
 
A short re-creation of the Khmer Rouge era was staged at the field, showing people being tortured and beaten.
 
One woman who took part was Chuob Phanny, 60, who said she had lost nine members of her family, including her parents, at the hands of Pol Pot’s brutal regime.
 
“My siblings died of starvation and my parents were killed,” she said.
 
“The play we just staged made it all come back – it was as if it happened yesterday. I had to work in the fields, digging the soil and carrying heavy stones. They forced us to work non-stop and we were not given enough to eat.”
 
City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey said the Day of Anger, normally held on May 20, was moved forward because tomorrow marks the first day of campaigning for the commune elections.

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