Cambodian PM Threatens to Use Army to Prevent Sam Rainsy Return

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday threatened to use Cambodia’s army against supporters of banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) acting president Sam Rainsy’s planned return from self-imposed exile next month.

Hun Sen, who had his top court ban the CNRP in 2017 after jailing its leader in a wider crackdown on civil society, also threatened to cut off the fingers of opposition supporters who flash a “nine-fingers” hand sign symbolizing November 9, Sam Rainsy’s announce date of return.

“Anyone taking part in a campaign aiming at destructing the country and peace on November 9 will be subject to punishment and conviction,” he told a graduation ceremony at a private school in the capital Phnom Penh.

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