Cambodia steps up opposition crackdown as Rainsy return nears

Government of longtime leader Hun Sen claims Rainsy's return is a "coup", threatening long jail terms for supporters.

Authorities in Cambodia have labelled opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s plan to return next month from exile a “coup”, and stepped up a crackdown on his supporters.

At least 27 members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have been arrested since the start of the year accused of plotting a coup and many more have faced various other political charges, the party said.

“I have serious concerns that other CNRP supporters and I could get arrested,” supporter Mao Chhorn told Al Jazeera. “I myself have often been followed by local authorities and secret police.”

In full: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/cambodia-steps-opposition-crackdown-rainsy-return-nears-191014041316183.html

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