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CPP rally possible: Manith

CPP rally possible: Manith

Supporters of the Cambodian People’s Party might stage a rally in the capital following repeated requests by the “silent majority” to take to the streets since last year, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son, Hun Manith, said on Monday.

“I’m sure you know that the minority always make more noise than the majority, and that is the case of the CNRP youth since the election,” Hun Manith said in a text message.

“I had many requests from the CPP youth and supporters to show their support to CPP and condemn the CNRP leaders. However, we have asked them to be calm so not to make the situation worse.”

The influential ruling party leader added that there was “a limitation on how much they can hold back their anger” and hinted that CPP supporters may rally in the future.

“I think that [a] non-violent demonstration will take place again in the future, but by whom?” he asked.

Military police spokesman Brigadier General Kheng Tito declined to comment on whether the existing ban on public gatherings in the capital would be enforced if such a demonstration by ruling party supporters was held.

On January 19, Hun Manith wrote on Facebook that CPP supporters were “burning with hatred” against the Cambodia National Rescue Party.

More than 1,000 CPP supporters surrounded a hotel on Sunday where CNRP leader Kem Sokha was preparing to attend an opposition meeting in Kampong Cham province.

Political analyst Kem Ley said yesterday he would welcome a demonstration of CPP support.

“This is a great event for me, because I want to see the voice of CPP supporters, especially young people. I want to see more initiatives from all parties,” he said.

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