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Rainsy under fire over new movement

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General Sao Sokha speaking on Tuesday morning. Supplied

The Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie of Cambodia and the Cambodian Nationality Party have condemned Sam Rainsy, who created the Cambodia National Rescue Movement, accusing the former opposition leader of terrorist activities and calling on the armed forces and citizens not to join the movement, which they said was aimed at inciting the destruction of peace in Cambodia.

Deputy Commander in Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie of Cambodia General Sao Sokha, who spoke on Tuesday morning, said that the actions of Mr Rainsy, who announced the formation of the Cambodia National Rescue Movement, were purely terrorist activities and the Royal Gendarmerie would not allow this person to do anything.

“The Gendarmerie is ready to get rid of the Cambodia National Rescue Movement, which is an act of terrorism under any circumstances, and we will protect the legitimate government, constitution and the king and will never allow those listening to foreigners to make a colour revolution to overthrow the legitimate government,” he said.

Former opposition leader Mr Rainsy, who lives in self-exile in France to avoid court cases, tweeted that the CNRM would provide a new structure that nobody could harm or dissolve.

CNRM members include Mr Rainsy, his wife Saumura Tioulon and two former deputy presidents of the CNRP, Eang Chhay Eang and Mu Sochua.

The Cambodian Nationality Party, which has a seat in the National Assembly after the dissolution of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, condemned Mr Rainsy and his accomplices, saying he wanted to destroy the peace in Cambodia.

Their statement said: “The outlawed rebel movement incited the armed forces, Cambodian citizens and former member of the party to raise a rebellion against the legitimate government under the form of a colour revolution. They want to take Cambodian people as hostages in a bloody war between Khmer and Khmer gain for their power, even though there are disagreements with Kem Sokha.

“The CNP appeals to the armed forces and all citizens not to join the illicit movement, which must be condemned, and cooperate with the government and firmly oppose the illegal rebel movement to safeguard national sovereignty and protect democracy, the constitution and the development of the people.”

The lawyer for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is taking legal action against former opposition leader Mr Rainsy for “treason” after he called on the armed forces to disobey their orders and go against the government.

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