The hard choice facing Cambodia’s opposition voters

With the main opposition party dissolved, the three million people across Cambodia who voted for change in last year’s commune elections find themselves facing a difficult choice: cast a vote for one of the many minor parties fighting over the scraps of anti-government sentiment, or boycott the ballot and risk the wrath of local ruling party officials.

The Butcher is no stranger to the taste of fear. In 1978, as the collapsing Khmer Rouge regime launched raid after raid across the Vietnam border, he was press-ganged into the regime’s ragtag army and sent to fight. When the Vietnamese army came pouring across the border, he fled the frontlines to find his long way home to Kampong Thom. Fear walked beside him every day, he said.

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