Senior Defence Ministry officials with thousands of people today gathered at Tboung Khmum province’s Koh Thmar village near the Vietnamese border to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Commemoration Day of the Historical Journey Leading to the Overthrow of Pol Pot’s Genocide Regime.Defense Minister General Tea Banh delivered his speech.
June 20 is a reminder of the role Prime Minister Hun Sen and his four allies, including Nuch Thorn and Va Por Ean, played in requesting assistance from the Vietnamese government in 1977 to oust Pol Pot’s regime.
On his Facebook page today, Mr Hun Sen said he used his “life as capital” to cross the Vietnamese border to seek assistance to liberate Cambodian people from the massacre.
“June 20, 2019 is the 42nd anniversary of day to make a painful decision to use my life as capital in a struggle to liberate Cambodians from Pol Pot’s genocidal regime,” he said in the post.
“Even through my people and I are living in peace now, I have never forgotten million drops of tear when I departed my motherland, leaving behind suffering Cambodian people, especially my sorrowful, pregnant wife,” he said.
“I have no choice except that one because we could not ask for mercy from Pol Pot. Dangers and tearful choice brought us peace and development until today,” Mr Hun Sen said.