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Kem Ley’s wife to continue social activism

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Bou Rachana in Australia. Facebook

Bou Rachana, the wife of slain political analyst Kem Ley, yesterday announced on her Facebook page that she plans on continuing her social activism to push for “genuine democracy” in Cambodia following protests she organised against Prime Minister Hun Sen in Australia.

“I Bou Rachana, the wife of Dr Kem Ley, will participate in social activities with Khmer people everywhere, especially with Cambodian blood relatives in Australia, for the nation and the motherland of Cambodia to demand genuine democracy in Cambodia,” she said in the Facebook post.

Kem Ley, was shot and killed at a gas station coffee shop in Phnom Penh on the morning of July 10, 2016.

After the funeral ceremony, his wife and her five sons left Cambodia for Thailand on August 28, 2016, after receiving refugee status from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

They arrived in Melbourne, Australia last month.

Mr Hun Sen attended the Asean-Australia Special Summit in Sydney last weekend, when Ms Rachana organised protests against him.

In response to Ms Rachana’s protests, Mr Hun Sen said he was still investigating her husband’s death.

“Ms Bou is wrong in seeing me as her enemy…seriously wrong,” said Mr Hun Sen. “Why do you accuse me of killing Kem Ley? On the contrary, I respected him as a political analyst. Kem Ley did not oppose Hun Sen; he arranged to meet with me.”

“Agents of the ‘dark hand’ knew this, so they took Kem Ley’s life [before we could meet] because Kem Ley wanted to form a political party that would be different from the opposition party [CNRP],” he added.

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