Homecoming – The People have Spoken

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Sam Rainsy - on day of return

Sam Rainsy – on day of return

I will never forget that moment –

It was my job to find the right spot for Sam Rainsy to kiss the ground.

The sea of people at the VIP compound and the massive crowd on the other side of the gate almost blew up the plan.

Finally I said : here lauk prathean (Mr. President)

I was so moved like the rest of us. We were paralyzed for a few seconds when his head touched the ground and the garland of jasmines drew like a halo around his head.

When we finally were able to push through the crowds, there was no more room for the press conference. And the procession had to move forward.

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It was a 15km- journey that took 5 hours to complete.

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