Cambodia: ‘Rose Revolution’ wants to topple government

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KPPMA political grouping in Cambodia allegedly trying to topple the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen has become known as “Rose Revolution” because members at­tempted to hand out 1,000 yellow roses to soldiers and police across the city along with small cards urging them to turn their weapons “against the despot,” Cambodia police said according to a report in The Cambodia Daily.

Four people have been arrested on August 18, a police statement said.

The group is believed to be connected to the US-based Khmer People Power Movement (KPPM), a dissident Khmer-American organisation led by Cambodian social activist Sourn Serey Ratha. The movement ahead of the elections in July 2013 also organised the printing of hundreds of T-shirts urging Cambodians not to vote.

The government has often accused the group of attempting to organise a private army to topple the regime, though it has yet to provide any evidence.

Police said the suspects were all charged with Article 495 of the Criminal Code, which covers incitement to commit a felony and carries a prison sentence of up to two years.

The “despot” referred to by the group is Hun Sen, suspected to have orchestrated his election win through widespread irregularities. They KPPM also alleges the prime minister of crimes against humanity in relation to land evictions.

Opposition politician Sam Rainsy also called on police and soldiers to “stand up” with the people and “demand” a change of government. Rainsy condemned the KPPM members’ arrests and called for their release.

The KPPM was founded 2009 in the US and has a strong anti-Vietnamese and anti-communist stance. One of its missions is “to free and liberate Cambodia from shadow occupation of Vietnamese” and another “to tell the Khmer people to wake up against communists and against their puppet in Phnom Penh.”

Some political insiders in Cambodia say they believe that the KPPM gets support from the CIA to pursue its anti-communist mission. It also runs its own Internet platform displaying webcasts, nationalist songs and anti-government propaganda.

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A political grouping in Cambodia allegedly trying to topple the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen has become known as “Rose Revolution” because members at­tempted to hand out 1,000 yellow roses to soldiers and police across the city along with small cards urging them to turn their weapons “against the despot,” Cambodia police said according to a report in The Cambodia Daily.

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KPPMA political grouping in Cambodia allegedly trying to topple the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen has become known as “Rose Revolution” because members at­tempted to hand out 1,000 yellow roses to soldiers and police across the city along with small cards urging them to turn their weapons “against the despot,” Cambodia police said according to a report in The Cambodia Daily.

Four people have been arrested on August 18, a police statement said.

The group is believed to be connected to the US-based Khmer People Power Movement (KPPM), a dissident Khmer-American organisation led by Cambodian social activist Sourn Serey Ratha. The movement ahead of the elections in July 2013 also organised the printing of hundreds of T-shirts urging Cambodians not to vote.

The government has often accused the group of attempting to organise a private army to topple the regime, though it has yet to provide any evidence.

Police said the suspects were all charged with Article 495 of the Criminal Code, which covers incitement to commit a felony and carries a prison sentence of up to two years.

The “despot” referred to by the group is Hun Sen, suspected to have orchestrated his election win through widespread irregularities. They KPPM also alleges the prime minister of crimes against humanity in relation to land evictions.

Opposition politician Sam Rainsy also called on police and soldiers to “stand up” with the people and “demand” a change of government. Rainsy condemned the KPPM members’ arrests and called for their release.

The KPPM was founded 2009 in the US and has a strong anti-Vietnamese and anti-communist stance. One of its missions is “to free and liberate Cambodia from shadow occupation of Vietnamese” and another “to tell the Khmer people to wake up against communists and against their puppet in Phnom Penh.”

Some political insiders in Cambodia say they believe that the KPPM gets support from the CIA to pursue its anti-communist mission. It also runs its own Internet platform displaying webcasts, nationalist songs and anti-government propaganda.

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