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Cambodia marks 20 years since deadly grenade attack

  • Opposition leader of Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha, center, prays with incense sticks during a Buddhist ceremony to mark the anniversary of the March 30, 1997 attack, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, March 30, 2017.  Hundreds of members of Cambodia's opposition party held a remembrance Thursday marking the 20th anniversary of a grenade attack that killed 16 people. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Opposition leader of Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha, center, prays with incense sticks during a Buddhist ceremony to mark the anniversary of the March 30, 1997 attack, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Hundreds of members of Cambodia's opposition party held a remembrance Thursday marking the 20th anniversary of a grenade attack that killed 16 people. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Opposition President of Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha, right, greets his party supporters during a Buddhist ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the attack that killed 16 anti-government protesters in March 30, 1997, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Buddhist monks and members of Cambodia National Rescue Party on Thursday chanted prayers at the memorial for the victims. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Opposition President of Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha, right, greets his party supporters during a Buddhist ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the attack that killed 16 anti-government protesters in March 30, 1997, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Buddhist monks and members of Cambodia National Rescue Party on Thursday chanted prayers at the memorial for the victims. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

  • A layman prepares the portraits of victims during a Buddhist ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the March 30, 1997 attack, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, March 30, 2017.  Hundreds of members of Cambodia's opposition party held a remembrance Thursday marking the 20th anniversary of a grenade attack that killed 16 people.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    A layman prepares the portraits of victims during a Buddhist ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the March 30, 1997 attack, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Hundreds of members of Cambodia's opposition party held a remembrance Thursday marking the 20th anniversary of a grenade attack that killed 16 people.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of members of Cambodia's opposition party held a remembrance Thursday marking the 20th anniversary of a grenade attack that killed 16 people.

The 1997 attack was widely seen as an assassination attempt on Sam Rainsy, a former finance minister, political leader and fierce critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Rainsy escaped with minor injuries. But others at the anti-corruption protest where the attack happened died or suffered serious injuries, including lost limbs.

Speaking by video link from Paris, Rainsy said the victims are still waiting for justice. He has lived in self-imposed exile since 2015.

Hun Sen's government in the past year has put increasing legal pressure on its critics and political opponents, keeping them tied up in court, sending them fleeing into exile, or sometimes jailing them.