• Short Summary

    ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 11), CAMBODIA'S PRINCE NORODON SIHANOUK ATTENDED THE FINAL CEREMONIES OF THE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS -- AFTER PRESENTING MEDALS FOR GALLANTRY TO SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE CAMBODIAN ARMED FORCES, HE RECEIVED THREE FORMER OFFICERS OF THE REBEL KHMER SERAI (FREE KHMER) MOVEMENT WHICH PLANNED TO OVERTHROW HIS GOVERNMENT IN 1958.

  • Description

    ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 11), CAMBODIA'S PRINCE NORODON SIHANOUK ATTENDED THE FINAL CEREMONIES OF THE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS -- AFTER PRESENTING MEDALS FOR GALLANTRY TO SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE CAMBODIAN ARMED FORCES, HE RECEIVED THREE FORMER OFFICERS OF THE REBEL KHMER SERAI (FREE KHMER) MOVEMENT WHICH PLANNED TO OVERTHROW HIS GOVERNMENT IN 1958. IN AN EMOTIVE CEREMONY HE REPLACED THEIR EPAULETS AND FORMALLY ACCEPTED THEM AS MEMBERS OF THE CAMBODIAN ARMY.

    THE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS COMMEMORATE THE DAY - NOVEMBER 9, 1953 -- WHEN THE FRENCH TRANSFERRED MILITARY POWERS TO THE CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT, THUS GIVING THEM FULL SOVEREIGN INDEPENDENCE.

    TRADITIONALLY, PRINCE SIHANOUK PRESENTS THE GALLANTRY AWARDS TO MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES - AND A FEW CIVILIANS - FOR HEROISM IN ACTIONS AGAINST THE VIET CONG, THE NORTH VIETNAMESE, THE UNITED STATES FORCES IN VIETNAM, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE AND THE REBEL ANTI-GOVERNMENT NATIONAL MOVEMENTS.

    FOLLOWING THESE PRESENTATIONS, THE PRINCE CARRIED OUT THE SYMBOLIC PARDON CEREMONY - RECEIVING THREE FORMER OFFICERS OF THE KHMER SERAI AND PINNING THEIR EPAULETS BACK ON THE PLAIN UNIFORMS THEY WERE WEARING. ALTHOUGH THEY WERE CONSIDERED REBELS, THEIR RIGHT-WING ANTI-SIHANOUK MOVEMENT IN 1958 WAS A VERY MINOR ONE - AND, AS ONE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN PUT IT, "IT WAS JUST A THOUGHT THAT NEVER EVEN GOT AS FAR AS THE PLANNING STAGE." THIS FACT IS WHAT HAS MADE IT MORE ACCEPTABLE FOR THEM TO BE REINSTATED IN THE CAMBODIAN ARMY. IT IS ALSO PART OF PRINCE SIHANOUK'S "SURVIVAL OF THE COUNTRY" PLANS, IN WHICH HE HAS BEEN APPEALING TO BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT-WING REBELS TO REJOIN THE CAMBODIAN COMMUNITY AND HELP ENHANCE THE NATIONAL STRENGTH.

    AFTER THE CEREMONIES, PRINCE SIHANOUK CARRIED OUT THE FINAL PART OF THE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS, BY EXTINGUISHING THE FLAME AT THE FOOT OF INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9KKAR81PJ0L40F3ZSZLYQN3P2
    Media URN:
    VLVA9KKAR81PJ0L40F3ZSZLYQN3P2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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