As Chair of ASEAN, Hun Sen Warns of Crack Down on Protesters

Cambodia faces a difficult year, but the prime minister says he “will do what it takes” to quell dissent.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has set the tone for his country’s year as chair of ASEAN, warning he “will do what it takes to crack down” on dissidents planning any protests against his one-party rule in 2022.

Speaking after a brief meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Hun Sen presented his focus for Cambodia’s stint as ASEAN chair. The “political and security” pillar topped the agenda, with a focus on ASEAN unity and centrality.

But accompanying his message were warnings for the supporters of hundreds of opposition dissidents who have been rounded-up over the last two years and detained on charges ranging from incitement and treason to insulting Cambodia and its monarch.

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