Police Undergo Anti-Protest Training in Cambodia’s Border Provinces as Sam Rainsy Return Draws Near

Authorities in Cambodia’s border provinces of Battambang and Mondulkiri have launched anti-protest training initiatives for members of the security forces, as the clock winds down on the planned return from exile next month of Sam Rainsy, the acting president of the country’s banned opposition party.

The training sessions in Battambang, on Cambodia’s border of Thailand, and Mondulkiri, bordering Vietnam, are being carried out in accordance with orders from the National Police Commissioner and the Interior Ministry, and include tactics on the suppression of mass demonstrations with the purpose of “maintaining security, order, and peace,” according to officials.

Major General Lor Sokha, the commissioner of the Mondulkiri Provincial Police, was quoted on the General Commissariat of National Police website as saying that 133 police officers had begun receiving training on Tuesday to reinforce the skills they require to “crack down on demonstrations.”

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/training-10242019175321.html

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