Cambodian Authorities Question Activist Who Held Gathering to Support Opposition Chief’s Return

Authorities in northwestern Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province on Tuesday summoned a former local representative of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) after he and others gathered in support of the return of acting party chief Sam Rainsy from self-imposed exile.

Ly Soun, ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) deputy chief of Svay Chek commune, questioned CNRP commune seat representative Minh Hor and two other members of the party—which was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November 2017—in a bid to force them to end their support for the return of Sam Rainsy, Minh Hor told RFA’s Khmer Service, adding that he will not be intimidated by authorities.

Minh Hor had held the public “unity strengthening gathering,” which was attended by about 30 CNRP supporters, on Feb. 28 to discuss how to welcome Sam Rainsy back to Cambodia, where he has pledged to return from more than three years of exile to in 2019, despite threats by Prime Minister Hun Sen to arrest him for a host of convictions that are widely seen as politically motivated.

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