Cambodia Union Chief Arrested on ‘Incitement’ Charges in Vietnam Border Dispute

Cambodian union leader Rong Chhun was charged with “incitement” and jailed in Phnom Penh Saturday, a day after his arrest for claiming the government has allowed Vietnam to encroach on farmland along their shared border, according to court officials and lawyers.

The outspoken activist’s arrest over an issue that touches nationalist nerves and evokes sympathy for poor farmers drew about 100 supporters to a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court demanding his release.

Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, was charged with “incitement to commit a felony or cause social unrest” and is being held in Prey Sar prison, pending trial, Phnom Penh Municipal Court Deputy Prosecutor and court spokesman Kuch Kim Long told RFA.

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