The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association is today hosting an event to commemorate Kampuchea Krom separatists who died during the failed war for independence from Vietnam in 1976.
Son Chum Choun, a senior coordinator with the Khmer Kampuchea Krom for Human Rights and Development Association, said yesterday that discussions about the future of the Kampuchea Krom people will be held during the event.
“We will gather our members and mark the event amongst ourselves,” Mr Chum Choun said. “A roundtable discussion will be held to talk about what happened on November 16, 1976.”
He added that the struggle continues today.
“This event is on behalf of our Cambodians living in Kampuchea Krom territory,” Mr Chum Choun said. “Vietnam restricted the rights of our Cambodians there and there was a separatist movement in 1976.”
“So we will celebrate in order to show Cambodians living in Kampuchea Krom, as well as Cambodians elsewhere, how hard it was back then,” he added.
“The event has not been banned by the authorities, but security forces will come to observe,” Mr Chum Choun noted. “We didn’t need to submit a request to City Hall because the event will be held within our headquarters and only about ten to 20 people will attend.”
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said City Hall should always be informed regardless of the number of people attending an event.
“I did not get any notification from them. According to the law, the organisers should have given us a notification,” Mr Meas Pheakdey said. “They still need permission from us, even if the event is to be held within their headquarters.”