Cambodian Activist Arrested For Facebook Post on Rice Tariffs

Cambodia’s Ministry of the Interior on Wednesday arrested a member of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party after he posted a Facebook message saying the European Union plans to impose a tariff on Cambodian rice, sources in the country said.

Kong Mas, a political activist from Svay Rieng province, was taken into custody at a coffee shop in the capital Phnom Penh by around 10 officers accompanied by a government prosecutor, fellow CNRP member Em Sokvan told RFA’s Khmer Service.

“The police said they were arresting him because of his Facebook post. They said they wanted to question him,” Em Sokvan, who had been drinking coffee with Kong Mas when he was detained, told RFA.

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