Saturday, November 09, 2013

Cambodia marks 60th anniversary of independence from French rule

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) speaks during
Independence Day celebrations in Phnom Penh
November 9, 2013. Cambodia celebrated its 60th
 anniversary of independence from France
 on November 9. REUTERS/Samrang Pring   2013-11-09 

PHNOM PENH, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia celebrated the 60th anniversary of the declaration of the Independence Day from French protectorate on Saturday with a call for national unity for the country's peace and development.

The celebration was held under the auspices of the nation's King Norodom Sihamoni and was attended by National Assembly's President Heng Samrin, Prime Minister Hun Sen, and Senate's 1st Vice-President Say Chhum, as well as senior officials, diplomatic corps, armed forces and students, totaling around 20,000 people.

At the event at the Independence Monument, the King laid a wreath and lit the victory torch inside the Independence Monument. The victory flame will be kept burning for three days.

Then, the King, along with other leaders and dignitaries, proceeded to the nearby Royal Palace, where the main celebratory ceremony was held with a live broadcast on all local TV channels.

The Southeast Asian nation gained full independence and freedom from the French protectorate on Nov. 9, 1953 after it had ruled by France for 90 years.

"The celebration today is to express deep gratitude to the country's late King Father Norodom Sihanouk, who had conducted a royal crusade to demand independence from French protectorate," King Sihamoni said in a speech.

"On this occasion, I would like to call on all Cambodian people to be united under the roof of the constitution and state laws in order to contribute to defending and building the nation in all domains, particularly economy, as the country has full peace and political stability."

The country has been in political dispute since the July's election results showed that the Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party won the victory, but the opposition party refused to accept the outcomes and has been boycotting the ruling party-formed parliament.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said the Cambodian people have never forgotten the greatly physical and mental sacrifice of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk for the cause of national independence, territorial integrity, happiness and development.

"We have never forgotten his sacrifice for the country's independence and his royal crusade was inscribed in the historical page of Cambodia forever," he said.

Chhin Ketana, secretary general of the National Committee for Organizing National and International Festivals, said there would be fireworks over Tonle Sap River in front of the Royal Palace in the evenings of Saturday and Monday to celebrate the event.


Anonymous said...

Did ah Kwak celebrate the 30th anniversary of ceding Cambodia to Vietnam?

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Anonymous said...

60 years were a long, long, long time, but how about your 99 years concessions to the Vietnamese companies, how much longer will they be, Ah pleu Hun Sen?

Anonymous said...

INdependence from France, currently in Hanoi asshole.

The struggle continue.

Anonymous said...

Quel indépendant au cambodge? Car jusqu'au présente le cambodge est toujour contrôlé par les étrangers.
Le jour de faut indépendant du cambodge.
Les youns sont très content, car le mot indépendant c est un magic qui peut transformer le cambodge en pays de youn discrètement.

Anonymous said...

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អា កឹម សុខា អាមេបោកប្រាស់ អាជញ្ជក់ឈាមខ្មែរឯងអត់បានទេ...ស្តាប់ទៅនាំតែផ្លង់ក្តិតអាចម៍អញទេអាចង្រៃ...និយាយកាន់ជើងតែគ្នាវា...មិនចាំបាច់និយាយបង្វែងដានអីវែងឆ្ងាយទេអាចង្រៃ...យីសពួកអាប្រាស...។

Anonymous said...

Where are អា សម រង្សី ,អារន្ទះបាញ់
អា កឹម សុខា អាមេបោកប្រាស់ អាជញ្ជក់ឈាមខ្មែរ!

Anonymous said...

Le ro khmer a demandé indépendante auprès la france pour rejoint le vietnam, bravo le roi khmer!
Avec le resultat que le roi khmer a fait depuis le début de l année 1951 tous les activités sont pour donner l avantage au youn pour qu il puis envahit le cambodge légalement.

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Anonymous said...

ជាស្នាដៃរបស់ស្តេចពាល ស៊ីឡាកនោះ!!!!