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Unionists to march for Vichea

Unionists will march through the streets of Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning to mark the 10th anniversary of Free Trade Union president Chea Vichea’s assassination, his successor said yesterday.

The march, which will be held in defiance of a recently imposed ban on public gatherings, will begin at FTU’s offices on Street 360, travel along Street 51 and end at the statue of Vichea on Sihanouk Boulevard.

Chea Mony, FTU president and Vichea’s brother, said City Hall had told the union it would not be allowed to march.

“We had a meeting on Friday with City Hall officials about our rally, but they did not allow us to march. We can ride tuk-tuks or motorbikes to the statue or we can meet there,” he said. “But I will not cancel my plans, because we rally every year without any problem.”

Vichea was shot dead at a newsstand near Wat Lanka. Two men were arrested and wrongfully convicted of murdering him, before eventually being acquitted only last year.

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