Cambodia arrests prominent union leader for ‘incitement’

Cambodia police have arrested a prominent union leader for alleged incitement over long-running border demarcation issues with Vietnam, they said Saturday, the latest crackdown against opposition voices in the kingdom.

Earlier this month Rong Chhun, the outspoken leader of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, released a statement accusing the government of “irregularities” at Cambodia’s eastern border, which he said caused locals to lose their farmland.

Opposition leaders have long accused strongman premier Hun Sen of ceding territory to Vietnam, harnessing the unresolved border issues between the two countries to whip up nationalist sentiment against his adminstration.

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