Cambodian TikTok user arrested for disparaging Angkor Wat

Nhel Thearina drew widespread condemnation after saying in online video that famous site ‘does not belong to Cambodians’

A young Cambodian man popular on the TikTok social media platform was arrested after posting a video that questioned the country’s reverence for its famed Angkor Wat temple, and was ordered detained even though he quickly deleted it and posted an apology, police said on Thursday.

Major General Pen Rath, police chief in the eastern province of Tbong Khmum, said Nhel Thearina, who has more than 100,000 TikTok followers, was arrested soon after posting the video, which was shared on Facebook, where it drew sharp condemnation.

TikTok is especially popular with younger people, and some seek to draw followers through attention-grabbing antics.

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