Thousands of Cambodian people on Monday held the National day of remembrance at Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre in Phnom Penh to honour the victims who died during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979.
In his message on Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen called on all Cambodian people to maintain peace and to prevent the return of the Khmer Rouge regime.
“The National day of remembrance is marked to remind of and pay respect to the souls of three million victims who died during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime” Mr Hun Sen said.
At Choeung Ek genocidal Centre in Choeung Ek commune, a group of students from the University of Fine Arts conducted re-enactment of the Khmer Rouge atrocities, with 207 Buddhist monks joining the ceremony.
Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, CPP lawmakers Pa Socheatvong said that the government will not allow the Khmer Rouge regime to reoccur and blasted the opposition party for opposing the day of remembrance.
“The ill-intent people cannot create their forces to overthrow the government,” Mr Socheatvong said.
The Day of Remembrance formerly called the “National Day of Hatred” was first launched on May 20, 1984. It became a national holiday last year.