Early this month as Cambodia marked the 40th anniversary of the Vietnamese invasion that overthrew the Khmer Rouge regime, members of the diaspora in Melbourne and Sydney launched coordinated protests condemning the imposition of the so-called “Victory Day” commemorating January 7, 1979.
The events were marked by the attendance of Cambodian Ambassador Koy Kuong and some of the regime’s associates who were recently named and shamed by members of the Australian Labor Party as “criminal and thuggish.”
In the past, January 7 was marked and celebrated by the ruling regime for its “gratitude to Vietnam,” which was instrumental in the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge 40 years ago. It only became officially recognized recently, in what has been seen as another attempt by strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen to legitimize his legacy.
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