Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday vowed to cooperate with Thai authorities to arrest Sam Rainsy’s supporters who are aiding him with plans to stage a coup on November 9 and have fled to Bangkok.
Mr Hun Sen said that over the past few days, several former CNRP activists were arrested on charges of conspiring to unseat the government, noting that some were apprehended while attempting to flee from one province to another.
Mr Hun Sen said that opposition activists who are currently living in exile in Thailand will face arrest as they attempt to stage a coup.
“For those who are now residing in Bangkok, don’t think that you all are safe. I will have you brought back. Don’t forget that Thai and Cambodian authorities are cooperating,” he said.
Mr Hun Sen also warned that Facebook users commenting to support Mr Rainsy’s plot will also face arrest.
“That’s not the freedom of expression but it is considered as being involved in a plot to topple the government. I will never allow this to happen. I have tried to work so hard,” he said.
Defence Minister General Tea Banh yesterday called on people to be more attentive and not to fall for the opposition group’s trick.
“I would like to alert our people about the deceitful activities taken by some bad people. They intend to use you as a shield regardless of your life so as to serve their illegal action, especially they want you to take part in their plot,” Gen Banh said.
Mr Rainsy, who is currently in exile, recently launched a “nine fingers” campaign to bolster support for his return, which the government considers a plot to stage a coup.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged another five former CNRP activists with conspiracy for mobilising and calling on people to partake in a plot to overthrow the government.
Oddar Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday also charged two former CNRP activists, Oun Srean, 48, and Mok Vanvuthy, 47, with conspiracy to topple the government.