Cambodia’s self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy has called for a “peaceful uprising” in his country and has urged the powerful military to side with the people by “not shooting at them”.
“I have called for a peaceful, popular uprising. The Cambodian authorities … have deployed the army, with tanks, machine guns, to kill us. But I have called on the Cambodian army to not shoot at the people,” said Rainsy during his visit to Malaysia.
“[Prime Minister] Hun Sen is very afraid. He is not sure of the loyalty of the army. The army will stand with the people. The army will not stand with dictators,” Rainsy told reporters outside the Malaysian parliament after a meeting with legislators including Nurul Izzah, daughter of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.