Cambodia’s ruling party has backed off of earlier threats it would request that the government of South Korea extradite members of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) as they gather in Gwangju this weekend in protest of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime.
The CNRP’s youth president in South Korea Yim Sinorn recently said in a post on his Facebook account that he is organizing a candlelight demonstration in Gwangju on Saturday led by acting party president Sam Rainsy to “liberate Cambodia’s democracy from dictator Hun Sen,” following a meeting on Friday of the party’s top officials and activists from Europe, North America and Australia.
In response to the post, Cambodia’s government spokesman Phay Siphan claimed that Hun Sen would orchestrate the arrest of Sam Rainsy and other CNRP leaders and supporters during their visit to South Korea, saying “Cambodia can take legal action against demonstrators overseas, if need be.”
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