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Leaflet scattering activist arrested

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Tan Tonghy. Supplied

Military police in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district yesterday morning arrested a man accused of scattering anti-government leaflets in the capital.

The suspect was identified as Tan Tonghy, 43, from Meanchey district.

Police said he had been circulating leaflets that called on people to mobilise against the government ahead of Thursday’s Supreme Court hearing into the possible dissolution of the opposition CNRP.

He was arrested as he scattered the leaflets in front of the Supreme Court in Daun Penh district’s Chey Chumneas commune.

Military police spokesman Eng Hy said officers were investigating the case.

Local media said Mr Tonghy was a CNRP activist who was trying to mobilise people to oppose the Supreme Court action against the party ahead of the election next year.

Senior CNRP official Mao Monyvann said he had not received any news of the arrest.

If the police arrested anyone, it is the responsibility of that individual, he added.

“CNRP maintain their non-violent stance and obey the laws of the Kingdom,” he said. “In this political environment, we instruct party members to keep calm.”

Police forces have been ordered on high alert from tomorrow until Friday as the Supreme Court prepares to decide the fate of the CNRP.

Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng also yesterday ordered 25 provincial governors to organise task forces to monitor and solve any problems related to plots to overthrow the government.

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