Cam­bo­dian stu­dent held over Face­book post­ing call­ing for a ‘color revo­lu­tion’

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Cam­bo­dian author­i­ties have charged a stu­dent with in­cite­ment to com­mit a crime over an al­leged Face­book post call­ing for a “color revo­lu­tion” in the coun­try, a right groups said on Mon­day.

Kong Raiya, 25, an antigov­ern­ment ac­tivist, was ar­rested on Thurs­day out­side a univer­sity in Ph­nom Penh, Am Sam Ath of lo­cal rights group Li­cadho told AFP.

The 25-year-old man was charged by a court on Satur­day with in­cite­ment to com­mit a felony and sent to jail pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he said.

“He was ar­rested be­cause of a post on Face­book call­ing on peo­ple to launch a color revo­lu­tion,” Am Sam Ath said.

“Color revo­lu­tion” is a term used to re­fer to a wave of antigov­ern­ment mass move­ments in re­cent years, mainly in the for­mer Soviet bloc, although it is un­clear which one the stu­dent was ref­er­enc­ing in his post.

In a Face­book post on Aug. 7, Raiya un­der his pro­file name “Soriya Koko” said he would launch a revo­lu­tion in the near fu­ture.

“Does any­one dare to launch a Colour Revo­lu­tion with me? Any day, in the near fu­ture I will launch a Colour Revo­lu­tion in or­der to change the vul­gar regime. Even if I am jailed or die, I have to do it,” he wrote.

Raiya faces up to two years in jail if con­victed.

Cam­bo­dian of­fi­cials could not be im­me­di­ately reached for com­ment.

In re­cent months strong­man Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen has taken an in­creas­ingly hard line to­wards dis­sent.

“His ar­rest is a warn­ing to other youths,” Am Sam Ath said.

It also fol­lows the re­cent jail­ing of a num­ber of op­po­si­tion mem­bers and ac­tivists for in­sur­rec­tion over their al­leged roles in a protest that turned vi­o­lent last year.

A Cam­bo­dian op­po­si­tion sen­a­tor also faces up to 17 years in jail af­ter a court charged him over the post­ing of a dis­puted doc­u­ment on Face­book about the bor­der with Viet­nam.

Hun Sen, one of the world’s long­est-rul­ing lead­ers, marked three decades in power in Jan­uary. He is regularly crit­i­cized by cam­paign­ers for stamp­ing out dis­sent.

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