Three Mother Nature Activists Arrested as One-Woman March Shut Down Mid-Production

Members of the environmental group Mother Nature spent Thursday trying to trace the whereabouts of three of its prominent activists, who were arrested by Phnom Penh police in the middle of producing the group’s latest campaign video.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police spokesperson San Sokseyha confirmed Thursday afternoon that Thun Ratha, Long Kunthea and Phuong Keorasmey had been arrested and detained for questioning. Ratha faced questions over broadcasting without permission from his house, while Kunthea and Keorasmey were arrested for posting news about Boeng Tamok lake, the spokesperson said.

“Our Chbar Ampov police questioned them related to the post that can be seen on the Mother Nature Cambodia page,” he said. “They posted news about the filling up of the lake and so on and they broadcasted and planned to meet leaders at home.”

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