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Gathering to mark 'loss' of Khmer land

Gathering to mark 'loss' of Khmer land

Khmer Krom activists will organise a ceremony in Phnom Penh on June 4 to mark a 1949 decision by French colonial authorities that handed Kampuchea Krom – or lower Cambodia – to Vietnam. Thach Setha, executive director of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community, said Wednesday that around 5,000 people, including more than 2,000 monks, were expected to attend the commemoration in the park near Wat Botum. “We do this every year to memorialise the suffering of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom, who suffered when France cut the Khmers’ land,” he said.