Cambodian opposition founder says he was blocked from boarding plane home from Paris

Cambodia’s self-exiled opposition party founder Sam Rainsy, who has vowed to return to his home country to lead demonstrations against authoritarian rule, said he had been prevented on Thursday from checking-in for a flight from Paris to Bangkok.

Rainsy apparently being barred from boarding came a day after Malaysian detained his party’s vice president, Mu Sochua, at an airport and said it would deport her to a third country.

Cambodia’s longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose government has arrested some 50 opposition activists inside Cambodia and deployed troops to the border, has characterized the returning leaders’ planned rallies as an attempted coup.

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