Cambodian Opposition Activists Summoned by Police, Pressured to Defect

Following a recent pledge by opposition leader Rainsy to return next year to Cambodia, police in Kandal province have questioned local  Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) activists concerning their possible support for the party’s acting president in the event he comes back, Cambodian sources say.

Summoned by Akreiy Ksatr commune police on Dec. 20, the eight activists were told to defect to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), former CNRP commune chief Touch Savuth told RFA’s Khmer Service on Thursday.

Resisting police pressure, Touch Savuth refused to change her party affiliation, she said.

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