Sam Rainsy Party Activist Targeted Second Time

kandieng district, Pursat prov­ince – Two unidentified assailants bound a 60-year-old Sam Rainsy Party activist to a chair, beat her and tried to slit her throat with a pair of scissors here Monday night in the second such act of in­timidation against her in less than a month.

Activist Tep Bopha suffered a long but superficial laceration to her neck. In Banteay Doeuy Leu commune on Tuesday morning, she was still wearing the blood-stained dress. Although she was al­so bleeding from her ear, she declined immediate medical care.

Tep Bopha said she was returning to her home and had just walked in the doorway when two men burst inside her small house.

Thinking they were robbers, she asked them if they wanted “money or gold,” but they re­fused and said, “We have no need to take your belongings,” she said.

After the two assailants—both wearing black caps—hit her twice in the head, they bound her to a chair, took a pair of scissors, and attempted to slit her throat, she said.

Tep Bopha screamed loudly and alerted her neighbors, who rushed to the house. The attackers, who remain unidentified, fled the scene.

This is the second incident directed against Tep Bopha since the campaign period began. On June 30, several men allegedly threw stones at her house and caused minor damage to her front door and one of the corrugated metal walls.

She filed a complaint with the commune election committee a few days later and held a mediation with the commune committee, stone-throwers and at least one long-term European Union election monitor.

She failed to reach a resolution in that dispute and, rather than filing a complaint with the provincial election committee, decided to dismiss the matter.

The police had no suspects  the morning after the latest attack but were conducting an investigation into the incident, Oun Sy, deputy police chief of Pursat province, said Tuesday.

He concluded that since Tep Bopha and her neighbors did not recognize the two attackers, they likely came from a different village or province.

 

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