Cambodian Opposition Leaders Say Their Efforts To Return Have Been Thwarted

Cambodia’s top opposition leader is vowing to keep a promise to return and lead demonstrations against the country’s long-time authoritarian leader after he was barred from boarding a flight to Southeast Asia.

Sam Rainsy, self-exiled head of the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, says he was not allowed to get on a Thai Airways flight from Paris to Bangkok on Thursday, despite having purchased a ticket.

“They said they have received from very high up the instruction not to allow me to board,” he told reporters at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. “I’m very shocked, I’m very disappointed. I want to go back, my people are waiting for me.”

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