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Top military brass meet to prevent social ‘chaos’

Police detain protesters near Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison during "Black Monday" demonstrations last week. AFP
Police detain protesters near Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison during "Black Monday" demonstrations last week. AFP

Top military brass meet to prevent social ‘chaos’

Dozens of military officials met late last week in Kampong Thom province to discuss ways to counter social “chaos”, according to a regional commander.

The meeting on Thursday, which involved about 85 army officials, came amid increasing references to “colour revolutions” by top government officials, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, who have characterised recent protests against a perceived political crackdown as illegal and a threat to Cambodia’s stability.

Som Sun, a commander for the Royal Cambodian Armed forces in the province who presided over the gathering, declined to discuss its specifics, only to say his officers were ready to take action to prevent instability.

“The army will follow the top leaders’ orders to protect nation, religion and the king, and prevent movements that make chaos in society,” he said.

According to local outlet Kampuchea Thmey, the meeting focused on “extremist” elements in society who were determined to create turmoil.

Last July, Hun Sen addressed senior security officials at the headquarters of his bodyguard unit, demanding they stay loyal and prevent “any act of color revolution”.

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