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Investors wary as anti-Vietnamese feeling grows in Cambodia

Published on Apr 29, 2014 6:24 AM
 
Tran Yaing Chang, 32, shows a picture of her brother Tran Van Chien, who was killed by a mob on Feb 16, 2014, at her house in Phnom Penh on March 11, 2014. Her brother, a 30-year-old carpenter, was standing among onlookers on Feb 16 following a minor road accident when someone shouted "yuon", a term widely seen as derogatory to the hundreds of thousands of ethnic Vietnamese who call Cambodia home. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) - It took just one word to fire up the mob that beat Mr Tran Van Chien to death after a minor road accident in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

The 30-year-old carpenter was standing among onlookers on Feb 16 when someone shouted "yuon", a term widely seen as derogatory to the hundreds of thousands of ethnic Vietnamese who call Cambodia home.

Seconds later, the crowd turned on Mr Tran Van Chien. "There were so many people I couldn't help," recalled his sister, Ms Tran Yaing Chang, shuffling through photos of his funeral. "He was killed instantly."

Cambodians have long borne a grudge against the Vietnamese.

 
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