For the second consecutive day, villagers united to protest against Mam Sonando’s arrest. For over 10 hours, protestors waited patiently in front of the barricades set up by police a few hundred meters away from the Municipal Court, while over a dozen witnesses testified on the so called ‘secessionists’ case.
To the surprise of many, the Sonando case has extended for days. In the past year, Cambodia has seen an increase on high profile cases where defendants have gone to jail after remarkably short hearings. Having over 40 witnesses to testify, the trial is expected to extend a third day at the least.
Despite the long days and many hours under the sun and rain, protestors persist on showing their unconditional support calling the attention of passers-by on what they claim is an unfair trial.