Cambodian Teachers’ Activist Attacked in Alleged Fake Traffic Accident

Cambodian teachers’ union leader Ouk Chhayavy was knocked off her motorbike outside the capital Phnom Penh Monday in what she says was an attack made to look like a traffic accident aimed at scaring her off her campaign to free jailed unionist Rong Chhun.

Ouk Chhayavy, president of the Cambodian Independence Teacher Association (CITA) was riding a motorbike in Kandal province with her husband when two men she did not recognize pulled up on a motorbike, grabbed the handlebars and pushed the couple to the ground, she told RFA.

Ouk Chhayavy had joined civil society leaders in protesting for the release of her CITA predecessor, Rong Chhun, who was arrested Aug. 1 on charges of  “incitement to commit a felony or cause social unrest” for criticism of the government’s handling of the country’s border dispute with Vietnam.

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