Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Khmer Krom embassy protest enters third day

Khmer Krom embassy protest enters third day

Khmer Krom embassy protest enters third day

Hundreds of Khmer Krom protesters marched to the French Embassy and the Council of Ministers yesterday, calling for support in their demands for an apology from Vietnam over comments made four months ago by a former embassy spokesman.

In early June, then-spokesman Trung Van Thong said that the former Kampuchea Krom provinces in the Mekong Delta belonged to Vietnam long before being officially ceded by colonial power France in 1949.

Yesterday marked the third day of the latest round of protests over the comments.

“If there is no apology, the Cambodian government should temporarily cut off its diplomatic relationship [with Vietnam] until the Vietnamese government [does so], and all Cambodian people both inside and outside the country should stop using Vietnamese products and services,” said Thach Setha, president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association.

Representatives of the French Embassy and the Council of Ministers accepted the protesters’ petitions.

During yesterday’s action, protesters handed out leaflets promoting the boycott of Vietnamese products.

“Motorbike drivers should stop drinking Vietnamese coffee and turn to our Cambodian products,” one said.

In front of the Vietnamese Embassy, more protesters gathered and, for the third day running, set fire to Vietnamese flags.

Analyst Kem Ley said that the unrest may continue indefinitely if the governments fail to explain an agreed-upon history for the disputed territory.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,