Chinese ‘gangster’ video that caused Cambodia’s police chief to intervene ‘was a prank’

Apparent threat in online clip to take control of Sihanoukville alarmed local authorities.

A video that sparked an investigation by police in Cambodia after appearing to show Chinese gangsters threatening chaos there has been revealed to be a prank, Beijing Daily reported.

Posted on, a listing website for Chinese in Cambodia, the video – showing a group of topless men claiming they would be taking control of Sihanoukville – started to circulate on mainland social media last week.

“Kampong Som, in the next three years, whether it will be safe or chaotic, is under my control,” the apparent leader was shown declaring in Mandarin, using the alternative name for Sihanoukville, which is both a city and a province. He then turned around and asked, “Am I right?” to which the group roared: “Yes!”

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