KKC Again Warn of Mass Demonstration

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Protesters break down barricades to demand an apology from the Vietnam Embassy’s spokesperson on July 21. (KT Photo: Chor Sokunthea)

PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) – The Kampuchea Krom Community (KKC) released a statement on Friday, again threatening to hold a mass demonstration in the near future if the Vietnam government does not respond to demands by monks and members of the community, for an apology. This follows recent public statements in the media, that they consider to be provocative and insulting which deny that “Cochinchina is the past territory of Cambodia”. 
On July 21, about 1000 protestors including monks, land activists and other people rallied at the Embassy of Vietnam in Phnom Penh, to call on their spokesperson Vietnam Embassy to recognize the history of Cochinchina and issue a public apology. 
The latest KKC statement stated that they regretted the behavior of the Vietnam government, which “looks down on the Cambodian people, by spokesman of Vietnam Embassy”. 
The statement added that the spokesperson had again said in the media that the Vietnam government does not care about the petition or protests and he intends to maintain his position of not issuing an apology.  This action, the KKC maintains “shows that the Vietnam government does not have a willingness to respect the tied relations between Cambodia and Vietnam.” 
The KKC have vowed to maintain their stance in order to protect their history and will continue to demand an apology. 

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