More CNRP Activists Arrested as Families Continue Calls for Release

Four opposition activists were arrested this week amid recurring protests calling for the release from prison of a prominent labor leader as well as members of the outlawed opposition CNRP, some of whose family members continued to demonstrate in the capital on Friday.

The four activists affiliated with the dissolved opposition party — Ouk Samoun, Chhin Sovanna, Chhuo Pheng and Chum Puthy — were arrested between Tuesday and Thursday by Phnom Penh police, lawyer Sam Sokong said on Thursday.

The four had participated in protests calling for the release of unionist Rong Chhun, who was detained on a charge of “incitement to commit a felony” last week in relation to comments he made about the alleged loss of Cambodian territory to Vietnam near the border, Sokong said. Officials have denied Chhun’s claims, calling his statements “fake news.”

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