Cam­bo­dia steps up se­cu­rity ahead of rul­ing on op­po­si­tion party

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

THE di­rec­tor of Cam­bo­dia’s cen­tral depart­ment of pub­lic or­der has or­dered na­tional po­lice forces to toughen up se­cu­rity from Wed­nes­day to Fri­day as the Supreme Court pre­pares to de­bate the dis­so­lu­tion of the op­po­si­tion Cam­bo­dian Na­tional Res­cue Party on Thurs­day.

In a let­ter sent last Wed­nes­day and ob­tained by Kh­mer Times on Sun­day, depart­ment di­rec­tor Sek Phoumy said po­lice must be on standby 24 hours a day over the three-day pe­riod.

“All the forces must pre­pare to main­tain the nec­es­sary or­der,” the let­ter said. “Of­fi­cers must wear com­bat uni­forms and make daily and in­ci­dent re­ports to the depart­ment.”

The In­te­rior Min­istry last month filed a re­quest to the Supreme Court to have the CNRP dis­solved fol­low­ing com­plaints lodged against it by Func­in­pec and the Cam­bo­dian Youth Party.

Ac­cord­ing to Ph­nom Penh deputy mu­nic­i­pal po­lice chief Sim Vuthy, the CNRP plans to mo­bilise up to 200 ac­tivists to gather in the cap­i­tal on Thurs­day when the Supreme Court an­nounces its ver­dict on the dis­so­lu­tion.

But CNRP se­nior of­fi­cial Mao Mony­vann said party lead­ers had not in­structed their sup­port­ers to travel to Ph­nom Penh, and had in fact told mem­bers to re­main calm and con­tinue car­ry­ing out their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at a lo­cal level.

“We have in­structed all ac­tivists to be calm and have not told any­one to come to the city,” he said.

Mr Mony­vann added that it is the gov­ern­ment’s duty to main­tain pub­lic or­der, say­ing the tight­ened se­cu­rity was no cause for con­cern since the CNRP would not be tak­ing ac­tion against the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion.

Ven Dara, CNRP chief ex­ec­u­tive for Pailin prov­ince, said se­nior party of­fi­cials had not in­structed mem­bers to take ac­tion on Thurs­day.

She said the pro­vin­cial party work­ing group had also held a meet­ing to re­mind party sup­port­ers to stay com­posed re­gard­less of the court’s de­ci­sion on the CNRP.

“We have to re­main calm. We also do not want to do any­thing con­trary to the prin­ci­ples of the party or our su­pe­ri­ors, be­cause it would be dan­ger­ous given the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion,” she said. Koh Kong Pro­vin­cial Hall on Sat­ur­day warned CNRP sup­port­ers not to take ac­tion when the Supreme Court de­liv­ers its de­ci­sion on the fu­ture of the party.

“If ac­tivists in Koh Kong prov­ince try to block the Supreme Court, the pro­vin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tion will take le­gal ac­tion against those peo­ple,” a let­ter on the is­sue said.

Jus­tice Min­istry spokesman Kim Santepheap said protests would not be tol­er­ated.

“Gath­er­ing in or­der to pres­sure the in­sti­tu­tion of the court is il­le­gal,” he said. “The au­thor­i­ties have to fol­low the law by pre­vent­ing and crack­ing down on such of­fences.”

Photo: Kh­mer Times

Cam­bo­dia’s na­tional po­lice will be out in force from Wed­nes­day to Fri­day.

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