Hun Sen threatens poll protesters with ‘war’
PHNOM PENH: Premier Hun Sen warned yesterday that he would not hesitate to quash protests with military might if they turn violent, raising tensions as the country braces for elections.
Hun Sen is preparing for local polls next month and a 2018 national election after clamping down on opposition figures.
The warning was a reference to opposition protests that broke out during the last election in 2013, when a crowd destroyed at least two police cars over allegations of voter fraud.
Dressed in a military uniform, Hun Sen told a gathering of former soldiers such protests would not be tolerated this time.
“Remember, in the 2017 and 2018 (elections), if your group does such activities again, armed forces will crack down on them immediately. If war happens, let it be,” he said.
“I still insist that war will happen if the (ruling) Cambodian People’s Party isn’t in power,” he added. AFP