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Heard on the street

Chan Na, 39, selling lottery tickets on the sidewalk, said she was a girl during the KR and is not interested in the KR leaders as much as she is in making a living. "I heard about their names, but have never seen them. I want to see their faces but I don't have time to watch TV."




Chhun Heoun, 57, a private house guard, said eight members of his family were killed during the KR era. "My family used to be Lon Nol soldiers - therefore they were a target. I heard about Ieng Sary, Pol Pot, Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea just after the regime falls. I have no time to follow up information about the tribunal, but I have had a feeling that the national and international court will bring justice for Cambodian people."





Kim Noch, 30 a Buddhist monk in Wat Botum, said his parents died during the KR regime. "I have never understood about the KR issue until now; the issue is still in darkness. I want to know who is responsible for the killing fields. For killing, people must be punished. I think that whole justice will not come to Cambodia if the tribunal just ends up with the five leaders, the court must collect all the other suspects if they can."





Kong Samban, 60, sitting under a tamarind tree during the discussion about the tribunal, said 10 people in his family were killed in Battambang province during the KR regime. "I am not happy if the trial just focuses only the small number of leaders. However, I am happy that the government and the UN is arresting the leaders before they die."




Op Sarin, 69, said Khieu Samphan was his teacher during the 1950s. "I welcome the arrest of Nuon Chea. He is guilty but it depends on the court to find it out. Everyone knew that Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan, Ieng Sary, and the others were responsible for the killing. We know that those KR leaders told the press that they don't know what was going on about the killing, but now he is in the hand of the court and I hope the court will find justice for Cambodian people."




Vong Dara, 48, who was selling car parts under an umbrella, said he has heard about the tribunal and is interested. "I don't know where the court is. I want to go to see the trial if the court is near Phnom Penh.





Em Vuthy, 27, a Pannasastra university student, has studied some history of the KR. "I support the arrest of Nuon Chea. I hope that the tribunal can show the face of the person who was responsible so the young generation will know the face of the murderer. But the question that always comes to me is when will the actual hearing happen?



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