Security Forces Fortify Border Town ahead of Sam Rainsy’s Return

The extreme security measures have made But Pov’s husband, Kat Buny, anxious and reluctant to speak to the media. He is worried any comments can be misconstrued by the authorities, who have characterized Sam Rainsy’s return as an attempted coup.

Members of Cambodia’s opposition have spent the last few days crossing Southeast Asia in an attempt to return to Cambodia – a return promised by their exiled leader Sam Rainsy.

Their destination is the northwestern region of Poipet, a border town known for its casinos and a key conduit for trade with Thailand.

An uneasy calm will welcome Cambodia National Rescue Party members, if they were to reach Poipet, after mixed security forces have garrisoned the town in anticipation of Sam Rainsy’s return.

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