Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PP gov accuses NGOs of fomenting unrest

PP gov accuses NGOs of fomenting unrest

PP gov accuses NGOs of fomenting unrest

Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Pa Socheatvong yesterday lashed out at civil society groups he blamed for instigating protests aimed at destabilising the government.

The governor’s comments came a day after protesters rallied to mark the second anniversary of violent clashes on Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Boulevard in January 2014, which ended with four protesters killed by authorities, and another missing and presumed dead.

Riot police and municipal security were criticised for using heavy-handed tactics while policing the small remembrance gathering on Veng Sreng on Sunday.

“We must preserve the peace, because it has been hard-fought,” Socheatvong said yesterday at a meeting of security officials.

“There are forces masterminding events behind the scenes to make instability,” he added. “The people behind this want to condemn the government and authorities for their own political interests.”

The authorities on Sunday accused those gathering at Veng Sreng of having held a political event under the guise of a religious ceremony for the dead – for which groups do not legally need to give notice.

Socheatvong called on the unnamed NGOs he claimed were promoting frictions to “release people and stop teaching our people about protesting”, which he claimed had led to “professional” protesters who had been taught “to fall down, roll around on the floor, all sorts of things”.

MOST VIEWED

  • CNRP supporters rally in the streets of Tokyo

    Supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Monday rallied on the streets of Tokyo, demanding Prime Minister Hun Sen’s resignation and urging the Japanese government to “save democracy in the Kingdom”. Some 400 protesters in the rally, which was organised by

  • GMAC makes EU plea to consider job losses

    In a statement set to be published on Monday, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said the EU’s possible withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) access would harm 750,000 workers and three million families. The GMAC statement, seen by The Post on

  • Four dead in Preah Sihanouk, Ratanakkiri flooding

    At least four people have died and thousands of families affected by flooding in Preah Sihanouk and Ratanakkiri provinces following recent heavy thunderstorms. Preah Sihanouk provincial spokesperson Kheang Phearum said on Sunday that a Cambodian husband and wife were killed on Thursday when a concrete

  • LPG gas explosion injures 13 people, including foreigners, in Siem Reap

    An explosion on Wednesday at a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) car and tuk-tuk refuelling station in Siem Reap city has left 13 people, including an American and a Briton, suffering burns. The seven most severely burned, including a provincial police officer, were sent to a Thai