Phnom Penh, 2 December 2021 (TDI): Cambodia observed the 42nd anniversary of the “December 2 Movement”. It commemorates the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge regime. On the occasion, the Prime Minister of the country, Hun Sen also gave a statement.

The day celebrates the birth of the Solidarity Front for the National Rescue of Cambodia (SFNRC). The Cambodian Prime Minister said that without the SFNRC, the fate of the country would be different. Celebrations for the anniversary have been banned this year because of the Covid-19.

History of December 2 Movement

The movement originated in the Snuol Liberation Area, Snuol district, Kratie province of Cambodia, in 1978. The movement toppled the Khmer Rouge’s regime which lasted from 1975 to 1979. Lauding the SFNRC, Hun Sen stated that it was the unity of the people that supported the cause.

The people of Cambodia united for their freedom, in response to the call of the SFNRC. The support of the Vietnamese volunteer army and outside help aided the ouster of the Democratic Kampuchea regime. The SFNRC has been renamed the Council for the Solidarity Front for the Development of Cambodia.

The National Assembly of Cambodia released a statement to commemorate the day. It stated that the day is synonymous with the sacrifices and resolve of the Cambodian people, as well as national unity, the restoration of peace, and the development journey of Cambodia.

Cambodia is a Southeast Asian country. Its landscape includes the Mekong Delta, mountains, low-lying plains, and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Phnom Penh is the capital city and it is home to the glittering Royal Palace, the art deco Central Market, and the National Museum’s archaeological and historical.

Tourism is an important industry of the country in terms of the generation of economic revenue. The country offers many historical and archaeological sites including the Angkor Wat temple which is a huge stone complex built during the time of the Khmer Empire. Aside from that, it has many scenic beaches, as well.