20 May marks an historical event for Cambodian nationwide to keep in mind the bitter moment of the massacre during Democratic Kampuchea Regime which brutally claimed millions lives of innocents, hardly to find anything to compare with. Therefore, survivors determine the 20 of May as a day to pay respect to victims of the cruel regime.
In Phnom Penh, particularly, on 20 May 2012 at Choeung Ek killing Field in Dangkor District’s Choeung Ek commune, Phnom Penh Capital Hall organized a ritual to give offering to 270 monks as a dedication to 8985 victims in the past 33 years. The ceremony presided over by H.E SIM Ka, Senator, H.E Phnon Penh Governor and Madam along with many more senators, Phnom Penh councilors, leaders, officials, students and citizen.
It was observed in the event that representatives of students and intellectuals across the country expressed their feelings, reminded about the extreme hardship people encountered during Pol Pot regime which offensively tortured innocent people to end up in suffering, separation and wait for the day to die. They have strongly condemned brainless people who have regarded the deliberation day 7 January as an enemy and requested that the Khmer Rouge trial, especially of case No.002 be proceed quickly to sentence murderers. Furthermore, they claimed that the annual celebration of 20 May is significant for younger generation to learn the regime and we cannot forget the deliberation day on 7th January which is a historical day for Cambodia to be free from Khmer Rouge and also a day to bring peace, prosperity and development in all sectors and people could live in harmoniously.
Speaking in that event, H.E Governor KEP Chuk Tema addressed that Choeung Ek Killing Field is one amongst 300 mass graves across Cambodia during Khme Rouge regime. Hence, we must stop the regime not to happen again on Cambodian soil and also in the world.