Cambodia’s outlawed opposition seeks support via noodle gatherings

Cambodia’s outlawed opposition party is aiming to reinvigorate grassroots support by having local party members continue to meet over noodles nationwide this week as a means of “passive resistance” to the government, an exiled party leader said.

Some 1,500 members of the banned Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) plan to gather in groups across the country over “num banh chok”, or Khmer noodle soup, until June 9 in an effort to rally support and prepare for the return of exiled former leader Sam Rainsy later this year, Ms Mu Sochua, a CNRP vice-president, said late on Sunday (June 2).

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