Lessons Learned from Non-violent Mass Protests

Sisterhood-with my mentor Tioulong Saumura on the 3rd day- Photo Charley Pert

Sisterhood-with my mentor Tioulong Saumura on the 3rd day- Photo Charley Pert

The 3-day of non-violent protest is over but it is not the end of the story. it is just a break.

What have we gained from it? Have we reached our objective which is : truth and justice and non-violence.

What is Power?

A 29 year-old was shot dead by anti-riot police -Sept.15

A 29 year-old was shot dead by anti-riot police -Sept.15

The meaning of power to destroy vs. the moral power to unite a nation.

Mr. Hun Sen made it known to us that he watched the entire 3-day via USTREAM. We should thank him for that as he must have heard the message from the people who sold their chickens and ducks and even a man sold his dog to be part of Freedom Park.

Mr. Hun Sen must have seen democracy in action and the people’s commitment to bring change for the nation.

Mr. Hun Sen must have heard how many times we said : non-violence.

Monks 2
The monk who wanted to immolate himself on stage is a very strong message of what a culture of violence does to a person and to a nation.
I think that we have opened a new page together: facing this culture of violence and changing it.

Moral Power

His Majesty is under pressure to open the National Assembly on the 23rd of September. He has to answer to his people and to the entire nation that is not in unity.

CNRP MPs-elect will not sell their conscience.

His majesty says: “GO” but we say”No till the people say so”.

A final word is : democracy can not be built in one day as it is a process.

The people want change and we will not deceive them.

We understand how many are frustrated and even want to abandon this journey. But we have to be on the same track and swim the deep seas and cross the Himalayan peeks together in order to see what is at the top.

The political negotiations

What is still in the process is truth as the CPP wants to put it out of the agenda. But CNRP keeps putting it back on the agenda and we will never delete it from our agenda. We are discussing with NGOs to find a mechanism outside of the system to establish a Truth Commission that will investigate the irregularities and develop a blue print for in-depth electoral reforms.

Our very deep gratitude to all who continue to be part of a new Cambodia for our beloved people who deserve true peace.

Let me end with a song dedicated to our soldiers even if they aim to kill but our task is to aim to build.

In solidarity

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