In response to my question to my Camboida colleagues about the March for Freedom of Expression and Non-Violence in Cambodia, Khmerak posted some more information. The March will take place from Feb. 11-13th and participants will March from Phnom Penh to Udong Mountain. The march will consist of a core group of 50 nominated by member
organizations of the AFEC. The public along the way will be invited to
participate in the march during the whole time or on a part of the way
that is about 50 kilometers totally. Human
rights monitors from LICADHO and CCHR will accompany the marchers.
What I didn't know was the symbolism associated with the timing ...
The marchers are heading to Phnom Oudong where they will participate
in the celebration of “Bon Meak Bochea” on Monday, February 13th. This
commemoration of Buddha’s funeral is traditionally linked with the
ideas of peace, tolerance and non-violence.
All participants will wear Yellow Ribbons as symbols for the demand
for Freedom of Expression. The core group will wear t-shirts with the
same symbol and hold large foam models of it.
The marchers will be accompanied by two ox-carts carrying big
banners with the message of the march. The participants are invited by
the Pagodas of Chetha Udom and Pakdemakor to stay overnight.