Thousands in funeral march for slain Cambodian activist


PHNOM PENH: Tens of thousands of Cambodians poured onto the streets of Phnom Penh on Sunday for the funeral procession of a prominent political analyst murdered in a brazen daylight shooting that shocked the Southeast Asian nation. Kem Ley, a popular pro-democracy voice and grassroots rights activist, was shot dead two Sundays ago while drinking coffee outside a petrol station in the capital. The murder sent jitters across a country already brimming with political tension as premier Hun Sen faces accusations of clamping down on critics of his 31-year rule. On Sunday, a massive crowd of mourners, many carrying portraits of Kem Ley, trailed for kilometers behind Buddhist monks and a motorcade carrying the 46-year-old’s body in a transparent casket.


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