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Cambodia to deploy 11,000 security forces during King Father's cremation next month

English.news.cn   2013-01-11 21:30:24            

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Approximately 11,000 security forces will be deployed in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to ensure security and public order during the procession and funeral of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk on Feb. 1 and 4, police spokesman said Friday.

"About 11,000 police, military police, anti-terrorism forces, and bodyguards will be deployed in the city from Feb. 1-7 during the late King Father's cremation," Lt. Gen. Kirt Chantharith, spokesman for the National Police, told Xinhua over telephone. "Security will be tightened during this time."

Sihanouk died of illness at the age of 90 in Beijing on Oct. 15, last year. Currently, his body is lying in state at Cambodian capital's Royal Palace for the public to pay tribute.

According to a circular signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday, Sihanouk's body will be moved from the Royal Palace to a custom-built crematorium at the Meru field next to the Palace on Feb. 1 and kept it for another three days at the site before it is cremated on Feb. 4.

It is expected that at least a million people will come onto the streets of the capital to accompany the procession of moving the King's body from the Palace to the cremation site.

To ease congestion, all television channels and radios in the country will live broadcast the procession and funeral of the most revered former monarch, said the circular.

The country also announced the second time of a week-long mourning for the King Father from Feb. 1-7. During the period, all radios and TV stations as well as entertainment places are ordered to suspend broadcasting and performing joyful spectacles, performances, and concerts.

In addition, flags must be all flying at half-mast and all Cambodian people should pin black ribbons to their shirts as a sign of mourning.

Born in 1922, Sihanouk ruled Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until his voluntary abdication on Oct. 7, 2004 in favor of his son, the current King Norodom Sihamoni.

He suffered from various forms of cancer, diabetes and hypertension and had been treated by Chinese doctors in Beijing for years before his death.

Sihanouk wrote in a royal letter in January, 2012 that he requested his body to be cremated instead of being buried and his ashes to be put in an urn, preferably made of gold, and placed in a stupa at the Royal Palace. 

Editor: Deng Shasha
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