Interior Minister Lauds Police Crackdown on ‘Insurgents’

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng appeared to praise police operations during a crackdown on the main opposition party last year.

Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s Minister of Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday said the National Police achieved success last year in cracking down on an “illegal insurgent group” that had intended to topple the legitimate government of the long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 74th anniversary of the formation of the Cambodia’s National Police, Sar Kheng did not identify the supposed insurgent group by name, but appeared to refer to the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), whose members have fled or were arrested after the party was banned ahead of last year’s general elections.

“I admire and offer a high evaluation of the achievements and successes that National Police forces made in 2018,” he told a crowd of gathered police officers.

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