Young Woman Becomes 16th Targeted in Brutal Assaults on Cambodia Opposition Since Mid-2019

A young woman activist with the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been attacked by an unknown assailant, bringing to 16 the number targeted since mid-2019 and prompting condemnation from the opposition Tuesday over what they allege is a campaign of intimidation by authorities.

Eang Maryna said a male suspect wearing a helmet with a face mask to conceal his identity beat her, leaving her unconscious with a severe head wound, after she left her home on Monday to buy food in what she described as a normally quiet neighborhood in the capital Phnom Penh.

“First, he hit me with a rock causing me to black out and then he hit me a second time,” she told RFA’s Khmer Service as she recovered on Tuesday.

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