This is written after a full 6 hour sleep and much reflection.
what have we accomplished since the day CNRP called for a non-violent mass protest against election results?
Our goal: claim for our election victory as it was stolen from CNRP
Our objective: establishment of a joint and independent committee
How: non-violence protests and the first one on 7 September at Freedom Park
Lead up to 7 September: deployment of tanks and military police into the city
7 September :
As for the number of people who attended: NGO report we went over 40,000
Non-violence was clearly the message.
I think it was unprecedented to have an interfaith event of that size and with top leaders.
As for the change we want of the election results, it would take a violent confrontation and I personally think that we are not ready nor willing to take that route. Not good timing. Yes, people want change but are they really willing to go all the way?
I believe that taking one step at a time to strengthen people’s self confidence for more sustainable change which will have a much more democratic base will help us take over power at 2018 elections
I strongly believe that people have trust in us and that we are the moral authority and the hope of our people
We collected over 40,000.dollars in 1 week from people in Phnom Penh. People contributed $6,000 yesterday and another $30,000 from our overseas chapters in 1 week.
The local contributions are from workers, small businesses, low level civil servants, moto taxi drivers, monks, the youth
The smaller local markets were almost empty yesterday as people came to the park
We had over 90,000 viewers on Ustream, from 7-11.30am, yesterday
The CPP surely could not even set up UStream. Would be great to see what they do at their Quick Reaction Unit.
We are having a meeting Sunday 8 at 9.30am to evaluate impact of the mass protest and make plans for the next steps.