Three More Opposition Activists Charged With ‘Plotting a Coup’ in Cambodia

A court in Cambodia’s Tbong Khmum province on Friday charged three activists with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) with “plotting a coup,” citing their support for the planned return of the party’s acting president Sam Rainsy from self-imposed exile next month.

The Tbong Khmum Provincial Court charged Yem Vanneth, the president of the CNRP’s youth wing in the province; Sim Seangleng, a member of the CNRP’s Tbong Khmum working group who is also known as Veng; and Mean La, the head of the commune council in Po’nhea Krek district’s Daun Tey commune; under Article 453 of Cambodia’s Criminal Code.

Authorities have stepped up harassment of CNRP activists and supporters since August, when the party announced Sam Rainsy’s plan to return to Cambodia on Nov. 9, calling on supporters and members of Cambodia’s armed forces to join him in a restoration of democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

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