Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Charge of intimidation baseless, says Defence Ministry

Charge of intimidation baseless, says Defence Ministry

A grey military vessel with a machine gun mounted to the prow is seen moored behind CNRP headquarters in the capital yesterday.
A grey military vessel with a machine gun mounted to the prow is seen moored behind CNRP headquarters in the capital yesterday. Hong Menea

Charge of intimidation baseless, says Defence Ministry

The Ministry of Defence yesterday released a statement blasting the Cambodia National Rescue Party for accusing the military of intimidation by running helicopter, boat and troop “training exercises” in proximity to opposition headquarters.

The statement came, however, as yet another contingent of armed military vessels were dispatched to the waters directly behind CNRP HQ, which abuts the Tonle Bassac river.

“The spokesman would like to reject the accusation from those politicians and strongly condemn any people with the intention to ruin the honour of RCAF, which upholds a neutral stance in protecting sovereignty, territorial integrity and the legitimate government,” the statement reads. The ministry questioned how CNRP politicians could present themselves as protectors of the nation while criticising exercises to strengthen the military.

On Wednesday, several helicopters swooped repeatedly over the CNRP offices. At the same time, boats carrying soldiers moored close to the property, while convoys of masked soldiers armed with assault weapons drove past.

Yesterday, Ly Seiha, one of the supporters at CNRP headquarters, said about 10 military vessels, including two larger patrol boats equipped with mounted machine guns, drove back and forth nearby. “This action is to warn, intimidate and threaten the CNRP,” Seiha said.

When the Post arrived in the early evening, 10 boats were still visible, including two moored close to the CNRP property. They drove away when approached by reporters.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Angkor Beer, 30 Years of Prestige and Still Counting

    Let’s celebrate 30 years of prestige with Angkor Beer. In this 2022, Angkor Beer is 30 years old and has been staying with Cambodian hearts in all circumstances. Head of core beer portfolio, EmYuthousaid, “We have been with Cambodians for three decades now. We, ANGKOR Beer, pride

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,