Hundreds of thousands of people participated in the funeral celebrations for Cambodia’s most prominent democracy advocate and government critic Kem Ley, who was assassinated in July.
People of all social classes, age groups and coming from the diifferent provinces of the country accompanied the funeral procession from Phnom Penh to his native village 70km south of the capital, on July 24.
The circumstances of the Kem’s assassination remain unclear. Police arrested a man who apparently admitted to the killing. He said it was an act of vengeance over a financial debt of $3,000 (CHF2,887).
However, many Cambodian’s believe Kem became a victim of a political plot, despite denials by senior members of the ruling party.