Phnom Penh University students continued to boycott classes and occupy classrooms on Monday (20 March).?
Phnom Penh University students continued to boycott classes and occupy classrooms on Monday (20 March). They were protesting over what they termed a lack of political progress since the ousting of Prince Norodom Sihanouk two years ago.
A resolution at Monday's meeting in the university was the strongest passed in a week of demonstrations. Students leaders accused the government of being a dictatorial regime and condemned what they termed "any feudal dictatorial and militarist organisation that depends on personal power".
The Khmer Republic's new 18-man cabinet, introduced by Marshal Lon No 1 after his takeover of power, does not include Lieutenant General Sirik Matak. His resignation from politics in the face of student agitation helped precipitate the crisis.