Southern Kien Giang province has recently inaugurated a monument on Tho Chu island in commemoration of 500 residents, who were massacred by the Cambodian Khmer Rouge 38 years ago.

Construction of the monument started in December, 2011. It covers an area of 300 square metres and cost 3 billion VND.

Le Truong Giang, from Tho Chu hamlet, Tho Chau commune, said this place is where we commemorate those residents who sacrificed themselves to defend national sovereignty.

On May 10, 1975, a Cambodian Khmer Rouge unit raided Phu Quoc island district and the island of Tho Chu, savagely killing 500 people from 60 households.

Ha Van Phong, Secretary of the Phu Quoc island district’s Party Committee noted that the monument is not only a place to remember the massacred people, but a place to educate local residents in protecting the country’s sea and islands.

Tho Chau commune was established 20 years ago.-VNA