Cambodia remembers victims on 'Day of Anger'

2014-05-20 16:41
Cambodian fine arts school students take part in a performance to mark the annual 'Day of Anger' at the Choeung Ek killing fields memorial in Phnom Penh. (Tang Chhin Sothy, AFP)

Cambodian fine arts school students take part in a performance to mark the annual 'Day of Anger' at the Choeung Ek killing fields memorial in Phnom Penh. (Tang Chhin Sothy, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Choeung - About 1 000 people on Tuesday marked Cambodia's annual "Day of Anger" against the genocidal former Khmer Rouge regime, with black-clad students wielding hoes and bamboo sticks to mimic their crimes in the late 1970s.

The crowd, including monks and children, watched the re-enactment at the Choeung Ek "Killing Fields" on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, the site of mass graves for victims of the 1975-79 fanatical Maoist regime.

Dozens of fine arts students recreated the bloody scenes at the emotional event, which is organised by Phnom Penh authorities.

"The Khmer Rouge regime was very cruel. They killed their own people," said Chik Sarom, aged 60, who lost 10 relatives.

"The regime was like hell on earth. The Khmer Rouge leaders must be sentenced to life in prison," he added.

Up to two million people were executed or died from starvation, overwork or torture during the Khmer Rouge era.

Verdict expected this year

Its two most senior surviving leaders have been brought before a UN-backed court. The hearing has been split into a series of smaller trials, initially focusing on the forced evacuation of people into rural labour camps and related charges of crimes against humanity.

The first trial against "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, aged 87, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, aged 82, was completed late last year.

A verdict is expected in the middle of this year, according to court spokesperson Lars Olsen.

The next trial, for which a date has not been set, will focus on crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide charges.

After its first trial in 2010 the court sentenced former S-21 prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, to 30 years in prison - increased to life on appeal - for overseeing the death of 15 000 people

Read more on:    un  |  cambodia
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014

Check out some of the sexiest celebrity Instagrams of 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.