The Ministry of the Royal Palace on Friday denounced a fake letter attributed to the palace that was posted on Facebook, calling on Cambodians to “stand up” against Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The fake, which is dated Friday and bears a forged signature of King Norodom Sihamoni, calls for “patriots” to rise up against Mr. Hun Sen, according to a copy of the letter reprinted in the Rasmei Kampuchea newspaper on Sunday.
“For 30 years, our Cambodian country has suffered destruction, we Cambodians have been suppressed by the yuon foreigners, Hun Sen has used his power to repress the King, and people are suffering and crying everyday,” states the letter, which was reprinted in the newspaper.
“We are in a great deal of pain. At this time, we call for patriots and the ones who love peace, justice and democracy to be united and stand up all together to save our Khmer nation.”
The letter, which was publicly available on the Facebook account of Chan Seyha, the user that Rasmei Kampuchea said had first uploaded the statement, was removed from the social media site Sunday.
The Ministry of the Royal Palace said in its statement that the letter was a “vicious” fake and was created to cause trouble for Mr. Hun Sen upon his return from Vietnam on Saturday.
“The Ministry of the Royal Palace would like to deny the statement in the fake letter from the King…in which the meaning was to incite and bring chaos and instability to the country when Prime Minister Hun Sen departs the airport following the fulfillment of his duties in Vietnam,” the ministry said.
“The Ministry of the Royal Palace appeals for all levels of authorities to search for the perpetrator who faked the King’s letter and bring them to justice.”