The Cambodia National Rescue Movement, founded by former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, has urged people to stop drinking Vital Premium Water.
According to a Facebook post by the CNRM on Friday, Vital is owned and operated by families of Cambodian government leaders who have forcibly evicted thousands of Boeung Kak lake residents, and are involved in destroying democracy in Cambodia. “This company has wrecked democracy, they have killed and imprisoned many compatriots, and grabbed the will of about three million people who support democracy,” the post said.
In January, Mr Rainsy launched the CNRM in California, hoping the movement would help the dissolved CNRP join the upcoming national election in July.
A video uploaded to Facebook alongside the post showed pictures of the arrested former CNRP leader Kem Sokha, political analyst Kim Sok and land activists, as well as footage of sand pumping into the Boeung Kak lake and the forcible eviction of residents.
San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, said it was the CNRM’s right to make an appeal but it was up to consumers to make up their own mind.
“I think people have the right to choose what they want to consume. Whether people use it or not is up to them,” he said.
Sok Eysan, spokesman for the ruling CPP, dismissed the CNRM’s appeal, saying there would be no impact on the water firm.
“There will be no effect because it is a small issue. It is their right to say what they want, but people will make the decision whether they need water or not,” he said.
Vital water representatives could not be reached for comment.