Cambodia: CNRP accused of violence, social chaos

The Cambodian Government has indicted the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for its protest incitation and perturbative actions, which causing property losses and casualties.

A protest of CNRP supporters in September 2013 (Source: VNA)

A protest of CNRP supporters in September 2013 (Source: VNA)

Keo Remy, a spokesman of the Council of Ministers’ Press and Quick Reaction Unit told a press conference in Phnom Penh on January 4 that the country’s Government had adequate evidence to affirm that CNRP roused violent protests as well as planned to incite people to organise demonstrations and strikes.

He stressed the CNRP must be responsible for the violence that claimed lives and caused severe destruction to public and private properties in recent days.

The same day, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued two separate summonses for the country’s opposition party president Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha to question about their possible involvement in inciting to commit felony or causing serious chaos.

According to the documents, Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha were summoned to appear at the court on the morning of January 14.

Also on January 4, the Phnom Penh authority released an announcement to reject Sam Rainsy’s accusations that the Government used violence to evict the opposite party’s supporters from the capital Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park, where they have been protesting for three straight weeks against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.

The authority stated that the action was lawful and necessary for restoring safety and stabilising social order.

The Cambodian Ministry of Interior also announced that Cambodian authorities regained order in the Park.

Accordingly, all illegal protestors in the park were broken up and means and things served for demonstrations were removed from the site.

Meanwhile, the CNRP also called on its supporters to restrain themselves and not make extremist actions, saying that the party’s leader will consider to take new schemes.-VNA

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