Hun Sen warns he will crack down on protesters as ASEAN host

Cambodians brace for a difficult year ahead as rights advocates decry deterioration of democracy.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned his government “will do what it takes to crack down” on dissidents planning protests against his authoritarian rule when Cambodia takes its turn chairing the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) in 2022.

Hun Sen delivered his stern warning while announcing his three pillars for the year ahead with the “political and security” topping the agenda with a focus on ASEAN unity after the economy and sociocultural aspects of the trade bloc.

“I will do what it takes to crack down on protests during Cambodia’s ASEAN chairmanship,” Hun Sen said in a dispatch from the government-friendly Fresh News service.

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