|Hun Sen visited Hanoi during crisis at home|
|protesters in the heart of Phnom Penh demanding Hun Sen to step down|
The largest protest ever took place on Sunday December 29, 2013 demanding Hun Sen to step down brought a political tsunami and grievances to the regime that has oppressed people over three decades. Albeit multiple protests took place at the same time, there were few polices presented at the scenes. Hun Sen, an apathetic leader, seems ignore the demand, and he may try to outlast protesters, allowing them to exhaust and to fade out by themselves. On the other hand, Hun Sen may use a Hanoi taught tactic, tricking his enemies into a trap and ambushing.
Now our visible conjecture based on a pattern in the past, smaller protests were met with violent crackdown by polices, but mass protests gained more respect from them. Furthermore, Previously, mass or small protest must get a permission from the City Hall or Interior Ministry and arranged several meetings between protest organizers and city officials, but now those restrictions seem no longer fallow or impose by anyone. All protesters from different groups got free hands to march through the city streets as long as they are organized and peaceful. It is the first time that protesters were allowed to march or to stay in front of government power structure facilities--prime minister office building, defense ministry, economic and finance ministry, and several other facilities.