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Cambodia Celebrates 57th Anniversary of Independence Day

King Norodom Sihamoni, center, claps altogether with Prime Minister
Hun Sen, right, and Heng Samrin, second left, National Assembly
President, during the Independence Day celebration at the Independence
Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. King Sihamoni
is jointed by thousand of civil servants and students to mark the
country’s 57th Independence Day from France, Nov. 9, 1953. 
(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Cambodia on Tuesday kicked off its
three-day celebration of the 57th anniversary of Independence Day in
capital Phnom Penh with about 20,000 people from all walks of life
attended the ceremony.
King Norodom Sihamoni laid a
wreath and ignited the torch inside the Independence Monument to
symbolize the country’s independence from colonial rule. The torch lit
by the King will burn for the duration of three days and be
distinguished Thursday afternoon.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun
Sen, National Assembly President Heng Samrin, First Vice President of
Senate Prince Sisowath Chivanmonirak and other government senior
officials, as well as diplomatic corps, students, police and military
also attended the ceremony held at the Independence Monument.
Nov. 9 marks the special date
that all Cambodians celebrate with passion and pride. In 1953, Cambodia
gained complete independence from France after it was under the French
protectorate for 90 years.

Cambodia continued as a protectorate of
France from 1863 to 1953,…administered as part of the colony
of French Indochina, though occupied by the Japanese empire from
1941 to 1945.

After King Norodom’s death in 1904,
Sisowath, Norodom’s brother, was placed on the throne. The
throne became vacant in 1941 with the death of Monivong,
Sisowath’s son, and France passed over Monivong’s son, Monireth,
feeling he was too independently minded. Instead, Norodom Sihanouk,
who was eighteen years old at the time, was enthroned.

French thought young Sihanouk would be easy to control. They
wrong, however, and under the reign of King Norodom Sihanouk,
gained independence from France on November 9, 1953.

Source: KI Media and Khmerbird

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