Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who has been living in self-exile in Paris, is planning a return to Cambodia to challenge the single-party government of sitting Prime Minister Hun Sen. From abroad, Rainsy has urged “a peaceful uprising” and has called on the military to side with the people by “not shooting at them.”
Meanwhile, Cambodian officials have called for support from neighboring countries to prevent Rainsy’s re-entry to the country, while Hun Sen has deployed troops along Cambodia’s borders to prevent popular uprising.
Rainsy ran into several hurdles on his way from Paris to Cambodia: in Paris, he was barred from boarding a Thai Airways flight to Bangkok, and flew to Malaysia instead. Malaysia Airlines then prevented Rainsy from boarding a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta, Indonesia.
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