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Hun Sen threatens to arrest a political analyst who warned of a Tunisia-style revolution in Cambodia

Hun Sen (L) can’t take the heat after being compared to Tunisia’s Ben Ali by Dr. Lao Mong Hay
Prime Minister Hun Sen
has angrily threatened to arrest a political analyst who compared
Cambodia to Tunisia by warning that a Tunisia-style revolution could
erupt in Cambodia if Cambodia’s present leaders do not abide by the
constitution and lead the country in accordance with the democratic process and the state of laws.

14th January, Tunisian president, Mr. Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, fled the
country after a people power-inspired revolution erupted when they
accused him of being too dictatorial, corrupt, restricting freedom of
expression and causing unemployment during his 23-year rule.

Dr. Lao Mong
Hay, an independent Cambodian-born political analyst who is currently
residing in England, told RFA on 16th January that what happened in
Tunisia could serve as a lesson for Cambodian current political
leaders. “For national interests, they (current Cambodian leaders) should build
up all institutions that have been inscribed in the constitution to
operate as a democratic institution or law-abiding institutions. When
they (the institutions) are strong, it is easy to change the regime
which can enable everything to be changed peacefully”,
he said.

Four days later on 20th January, Prime Minister Hun Sen publicly berated Dr. Lao Mong Hay, strongly warning that he will be arrested if he dare to enter Cambodia:
“In 2003, this contemptible gentleman had said once before that we
should transfer all powers to the king first before holding any
elections. I wish tosend a message
to you, you want to have a Tunisia-style unrest? I will close the door
and beat (this) dog. I am warning you now. Now I have asked people to
obtain all documents related to
this contemptible gentleman. If he enters our country, we can arrest
him. If you can gather the people (to cause a revolution), please come.
What will happen if the prime minister will not lead (the troops) to defend the constitution and allowed other people to cause anarchy throughout the country?”,
he declared publicly.

Dr. Lao Mong Hay told RFA on Thursday that regrets his analysis had caused Mr. Hun Sen to misunderstand him. He said he had no ill-intention toward the government. “I pretty much regret that I have made analysis based on clear basis, but it has caused the prime minister
to get angry with me. I feel really sad because I have made the
comments with a goodwill toward the government, for the people and for
the future (of the country)”,
he said.

Mr. Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali had fled to Saudi Arabia after the people power had erupted on the streets. 33 members of his family had tried to escape, but were arrested by the new administration.

By Khmerization
Source: RFA
Categories: Local News
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