Activists say assault of Cambodian-Australian visiting homeland was politically motivated

A brutal attack on a politically active Cambodian-Australian visiting his homeland has sent shock waves through Australia’s Cambodian diaspora.

The incident — which left Melbourne man San Bunchhay needing eight stitches for a gash in his head — sets a worrying precedent according to community leaders and has already prompted some activists to cancel upcoming travel plans.

It’s also dispelled notions for some that the handover of power from strongman leader Hun Sen to his son, Prime Minister Hun Manet, last year might mean less repression of dissident political voices.

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