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Military ‘on alert’ for revolution

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The government has likened protests after the 2013 election to an alleged ‘colour revolution’. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday that Cambodia had successfully cracked down on what he described as a colour revolution movement.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of an intelligence training facility, he said that while Cambodia had cracked down on the revolutionary movement, the initiators had not completely disappeared.

He urged further caution and appealed to the military to be on alert or a revolution may happen in Cambodia.

“Cambodia successfully cracked down on the colour revolution organisation and those who are in control. Whether they are living in Cambodia or are being ordered from abroad, we have to stop this action immediately,” he said.

He called on the military to halt any revolutionary movement.

“The army is not the boss of the people, but their faithful slaves. The army is neutral in front of all political parties,” he said.

“The army is there to defend the state, and only the state has the right to order the army. The army must be disciplined and dignified, and not an army of dictators.”

The training is intended to increase local intelligence gathering capabilities. Supplied

On November 16, the Supreme Court decided to dissolve the opposition CNRP on treason charges following complaints filed by the Funcinpec party and the Cambodian Youth Party in the wake of CNRP leader Kem Sokha’s arrest on treason charges.

A total of 118 CNRP members were also banned from politics for five years.

Eng Chhay Eang, a former CNRP lawmaker, yesterday posted on his Facebook page to say the government will face political and economic sanctions from the international community if Mr Hun Sen does not release Mr Sokha and cancel the decision to dissolve the CNRP.

San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, said that after the 2013 national election, people protested to demand justice, while workers also demonstrated to improve their working conditions.

Speaking from Geneva yesterday, Cambodia’s UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith called for the restoration of democracy and a vibrant civil society, saying she was particularly concerned about the dissolution of the CNRP, the banning of 118 CNRP members from political activities for five years, and the reallocation of all the party’s local and national seats to unelected members of the ruling and other parties.

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