The Opposition members of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) marked the 21st Anniversary of Grenade Attack by a unique public display of candles and prayers in Phnom Penh. CNRP has been banned by the government since the arrest of its leader Kem Sokha on charges of disloyalty to the state. However, the opposition has accused the Prime Minister Hun Sen of a crackdown on independent media and arresting Kim Sokha. This has become the hardest political challenge for the PM in last 30 years who has been in power for last 33 years. He is again expected to emerge victorious in the election due on July 29. The West has denounced the election as it cannot be unbiased without an opposition.
40 members of the opposition were joined by many Buddhist monks gathered at the memorial in the capital city to pay homage to the 16 opposition supporters who were killed and about hundreds who were injured in a deadly grenade attack in 1997.
The ceremony was held under the aegis of the Candlelight Party connected to the former leader of opposition Sam Rainsy who was also wounded in the 1997 grenade attack.