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Cambodia Celebrates 57th Anniversary of Independence Day

Cambodia's 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.

HISTORY

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

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