Scene at 'Democracy Park'
Re: March seen as a step forward
“I don’t want to say it’s a victory for the CNRP,” he told the Post. “But it’s a victory for the people. We’re making big progress.” Yim Sovann said.
This seems to be the right and qualified statement for a spokesperson of the CNRP to make. However, such 'concessions' are and should never be considered as instances of 'victory' for the opposition and its supporters in the first place.
Freedom to hold a public demonstration or engage in political assembly etc. is enshrined under the constitution. Some opposition party leaders have spoken gleefully of such concessions granted during closed door meetings with their CPP counterparts as though these were something of a hard-earned 'victory' for the Opposition and its supporters whereas they represent nothing more than democratic constitutional rights and privileges to be enjoyed and exercised by citizens.
To be able to camp at the so-called "Democracy Park" for a couple of nights is not a privilege but a necessity for many who have sold their livestock or used their meagre savings to come from the provinces to join the protest. These mostly poor people can't possible afford to check into one of those luxury hotels mushrooming all over the capital, surely!
There are thousands more who are presently being barred from entering the capital by police road blocks on the outskirt of Phnom Penh along most main highways and passages into the city.
Dictatorship and tyranny are a curse and blight upon humanity and the community, and so long as this remains the case we should appraise or prepare our thoughts and mindset pragmatically and morally to meet the challenges that it poses before us.
One of the things that the Opposition and its supporters should not do is giving tyrants the credit they clearly do not deserve. If they belated allow people to march peacefully or lift the road blocks - we should ask them why they had decided to violate this fundamental constitutional right and principle in the first instance and, condemn their action for what it is, rather than giving them a pat on the back in an unwitting manner.
Refuse to accept the tyrant's rules and definitions, and you may have already won the most decisive battle to free yourself from his tyranny.