Yorm Bopha’s case was heard at the Appeal Court yesterday. The hearing started around 2.45pm, but was adjourned around 5.30pm with three witnesses for Bopha and three for the prosecutor still to be heard. The case will resume on Jun. 14 at 2pm.
Some 400 friends, community members, and civil society representatives gathered outside the court in support of Bopha. The colourful gathering took up both sides of the street – which was not closed for traffic – but demonstrators took turns to conduct traffic flow through the demonstration. Throughout the afternoon, supporters sang land and freedom songs and called for Bopha to be released. Bopha’s son Lyhour was among the crowd.
Clad in new red vests, a group of 30 pro-government tuk tuk and motodop drivers also made an appearance outside the court; one of the drivers said he had been paid 30,000 riels to take part in the demonstration. Monitors formed a human barrier to keep the drivers from the peaceful community demonstration.
Police presence at the demonstration was visibly low, though many undercover police could be spotted in the crowd.