Cambodian Opposition Activists Launch Campaign to Suspend Debt Repayment Amid Outbreak

Exiled activists with Cambodia’s banned opposition party have launched a campaign to convince villagers to delay loan repayments during the coronavirus outbreak, saying the government has failed to take measures to protect those who have lost their income during the pandemic.

The activists with the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) told RFA’s Khmer Service on Thursday that they are leveraging social media platforms such as Facebook to reach out to Cambodians about the movement, despite threats by Prime Minister Hun Sen to arrest anyone who advocates for nonrepayment of debt to the country’s banks and microfinance lenders.

“We have observed during this difficult time that people cannot afford to pay back their debts because they lost their jobs and are unable to earn the same amount of money they used to,” Rin Roth, a Thailand-based CNRP activist said.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/campaign-06112020172659.html

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