A RMED forces, civil servants, student organizations and provincial residents threw
their support behind Second Premier Hun Sen by signing petitions condemning Prince
Norodom Sirivudh and his "accomplices" for plotting to kill the premier
and overthrow the government.
The petitions printed in local newspapers and aired repeatedly by state-controlled
television and radio said that the assassination was aimed at destabilizing the country
and demand that the criminals be brought to justice.
"We vehemently condemn those offenders who are committing cruel human rights
abuses, democracy (abuses) and are violating the Constitution in opposition to the
national reconciliation policy of His Majesty the King and the Royal Government,"
read a message signed by residents, police and army of Kampong Thom province.
Several newspaper-members of the League of Cambodian Journalists (LCJ) published
in full length the group's Nov 21 statement. It denounced the plot to assassinate
Hun Sen as an unwise, disgraceful and disgusting act "which would bring Cambodia
back to the sea of blood" of the Khmer Rouge.
Koh Santepheap newspaper, which joined Hun Sen in justifying Kraingyov villagers'
attack on the office of Serey Pheap Thmey newspaper last month, offered extensive
coverage, using phrases such as: "Prince Sirivudh is a person who is worst than
The Funcinpec Steering Committee issued a statement on Nov 21 endorsing their President
Prince Norodom Ranariddh's course of action in finding the solution to the crisis
through peaceful means.
Meanwhile, Khmer Nation Party President Sam Rainsy criticized the house arrest of
Sirivudh as a violation of Article 80 of the Constitution.
In a separate statement issued last Monday, he described the argument supporting
the house arrest to protect the Prince from being killed as "an argument of
the jungle, the argument of Communists, of people unwilling or unable to respect
"It is not an argument that can be accepted by a democrat, by anyone who believes
in truth and justice," said Rainsy.