Youths, Women Throw Rocks at Sam Rainsy

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his entourage were pelted with rocks Wednesday evening as they were preparing to depart from a campaign appearance at a squatter camp in Chamkar Mon district, a Sam Rainsy Party official said Thursday.

Long Ry, director of security for the party, said that while Sam Rainsy was entering his car to leave the Sombok Chap village, some 30 youngsters and two adult women hurled rocks at the entourage, slightly injuring five people and damaging a car.

Sam Rainsy fled the scene in haste and filed a complaint with the commune election committee and human rights organizations.

Thun Saray, director of the human rights group Adhoc, said he had received the complaint, but was still investigating the incident.

“We don’t have enough information,” he said Thursday. “We don’t know if [the attack] was or­gan­ized or not. If it was organized we will have to denounce it…but we are not ready to denounce it or not.”

Also Thursday, Prime Minister Hun Sen requested that journalists cease from lingering around after appearances to ask him questions.

“I would like all brothers and nephews to understand that they should not spend time waiting to ask me questions,” Hun Sen said at the National Summit on Infor­ma­tion and Commu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nology Policy in Phnom Penh.

“For one month I will not re­spond to all journalists’ questions which involve the situation of [the Tuesday death of Khieu Ponnary, Pol Pot’s first wife] and, moreover, the election,” Hun Sen said, in response to reporters’ questions about Khieu Ponnary’s passing.

Hun Sen reiterated that he has promised not to enter the political fray in the run-up to the July 27 elections and has to be careful not to break that promise.

National Election Committee Secretary-General Tep Nitha on Thursday said that the NEC has issued a directive requiring politicians who want to campaign in markets to submit letters to market committees at least three days before any appearances.

Funcinpec President Prince Noro­dom Ranariddh campaigned in Oddar Meanchey province Thurs­day, while Sam Rainsy was campaigning in Kandal and Takeo provinces.

The singing voice of Minister of Women’s and Vet­er­ans’ Affairs Mu Sochua was broadcast on Ta Prohm radio Thursday, appealing to garment workers to vote for Funcinpec because the prince will work to prohibit violence against workers.

(Reporting by Kim Chan, Thet Sambath, David Shaftel, Van Roeun and Nhem Chea Bunly)

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