I feel uneasy with the description "anti-Vietnamese students" used by some
news media to refer to a group of students which tried to organize a demonstration
during Vietnam Communist Party Secretary General Le Kha Phieu's visit to Cambodia.
You may have seen the words "anti-corruption" agency, which means their
job is only to eliminate corruption , "anti-terrorist" force, which means
they do anything to put an end to terrorist activities. How about the so-called "anti-Vietnamese"
If I am not wrong they have never done anything against the Vietnamese people, nor
killed any Vietnamese immigrant who are illegally living in Cambodia.
They organized the demonstration merely to show their discontent at the border encroachment
, the grabbing of land by Vietnam's soldiers, and to remind the intruders to respect
our territorial integrity, which I consider an obligation for all Cambodian people.
They are just afraid of losing more land, which is what has happened for a long time
in Cambodian history. They only want Cambodian people not to become a stateless or
landless people, that is all.
So they are not anti or against any country, they only love their nation, their land,
their people. For that reason they do not deserve the name of "anti-Vietnamese"
I applaud them for their patriotic spirit, because we all know how the government
has cracked down on demonstrations before.
Sue Samnang, [email protected]