Police in Cambodia’s Takeo province Friday set up roadblocks to stop a group of about 100 activists from the capital Phnom Penh from joining in ceremonies commemorating the life of political commentator and social activist Kem Ley on the fourth anniversary of his murder.
Kem Ley was shot to death in broad daylight on July 10, 2016 while having a morning coffee at a Caltex gas station mini market, days after publicly criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family for abuse of power and unexplained wealth. A trained physician who also held a doctorate, he was 45 and left behind four children and a pregnant widow.
Police stopped members of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economic Association (IDEA) and the Cambodian Youth Network, citing COVID-19 concerns and conducting driver’s license checks.
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