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Friday, 16 August 2013

Tanks, Rocket Launchers Seen Leaving Sihanoukville រថក្រោះទើបដឹកមកថ្មីៗ ពីកំពង់សោម កាលពីថ្ងៃទី១៥សីហា

A video of tanks that just arrived in Sihanoukville yesterday (15th August), travelling in the direction of Phnom Penh. រថក្រោះទើបដឹកមកថ្មីៗ ពីកំពង់សោម Yesterday
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By Khuon Narim and Chhorn Chansy 
The Cambodia Daily
August 16, 2013 

Defense Minister Tea Banh on Thursday said that truckloads of tanks and mounted rocket launchers seen by witnesses leaving the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in the direction of Phnom Penh would be used to protect the country in the case that someone “tries to destroy the nation.”
Eyewitnesses in Preah Sihanouk province said they saw more than 20 heavily armed vehicles—including at least 16 tanks—at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port being transported by truck up National Road 4 around 4 p.m. Thursday.
A truck transports tanks at the port in Sihanoukville yesterday. Officials said they would be used to ensure national security.
A truck transports tanks at the port in Sihanoukville yesterday. Officials said they would be used to ensure national security.
The sighting comes amid political deadlock following the disputed July 28 national election, and after armored personnel carriers were moved into Phnom Penh last week, sparking fears of violence should demonstrations break out against the election results.
Asked about the armored vehicles, General Banh said, “You don’t have to wonder, they will not be used to plow the rice fields.
“They will be used to improve the capacity of the national de­fense and improve the capacity of the armed forces.”
Gen. Banh declined to say when the vehicles were purchased, where they came from, how much they cost the government or where they were going to be kept.
“We bought them from the place where they were made,” he said.
“It is not only Cambodia that does so, other countries also do the same thing [buying arms] to protect the country and improve the capacity of the armed forces,” Gen. Banh said.
“They will not be used to threaten anyone. We will use them to protect the country. They will be used to crack down on anyone who tries to destroy the nation.”
Asked if tanks and rocket launchers had been delivered to Cambo­dia yesterday, Lou Kim Chhun, director-general of the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, said: “There are special goods that came and I don’t know what they are.”
A 28-year-old man, who asked that his name not be used out of fear for his safety, said he saw 10 BM-21 launch vehicles—a truck mounted with multiple rocket launchers first manufactured by the Soviet Union, but also made by Chi­na—and 16 six-axle tanks on flat­bed trucks leaving the Sihanoukville port and traveling to­ward Phnom Penh.

“Each truck had two tanks on it,” he said. “Many people were standing beside the road to watch. I don’t know what they will be used for, but I’m afraid they could use it prevent mass protests.”
Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Sboang Sarath also confirmed that the vehicles had been taken from the port toward Phnom Penh, but dismissed that there was anything unusual about the movement of such military equipment.
“It’s normal. A villa needs a fence to protect it. What if it did not have a fence? A country also needs something to protect it,” he said.
“They will not be used to threaten anyone, they will be used to protect the country,” he said without elaborating on what protection the country currently needs.
Disputing official preliminary election results that show the CPP winning the vote by 68 seats to 55, the opposition CNRP has warned they could call mass demonstrations if an independent investigation is not conducted into alleged irregularities at the polls.
On Monday, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said the government had increased the military presence around Phnom Penh in order to avoid a repeat of the anti-Thai riots that swept the capital in 2003.
Although it is not clear where the vehicles came from, Cambo­dia’s largest military donor is China. A dozen Chinese military helicopters, part of a multimillion dollar loan deal signed in August 2011, have already begun arriving in Cambodia.
Chinese Embassy spokesman Cheng Hong Bo declined to say if yesterday’s shipment was from China.
“You mean the tanks? I have no information,” Mr. Cheng said when asked about the shipment.
(Additional reporting by Simon Lewis)

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

" they will be used to crack down anyone who want to destroy the nation". Read Tea Banh' words carefully.

To use these tanks/metal toys to defence the nation to repel the potential invaders (Thailand/VN). These pieces of metal are obsolete and junk, and will be completely wiped out the entire tanks stocks in less than one day in a full blown open battlefield.

Anonymous said...

The tank turrets and tea banh's ass make a perfit fit.
Enjoy tea banh

Anonymous said...

i am happy & i am proud of our leadership, to make our country better & stronger to defeat enemies,,

we need to improves our defense
however, we can not compares & can not match with thai & Viet..defenses

Anonymous said...

Hun sen has shown his true colore as a real strong thug by any mean necessary to stay in power against people will to change their leadership,Hun sen is careless about Khmers people but yuon his citizens' father.I wish people will oust him regardless of these militaries toys present or not.Egyptians people doing it now let join the fight to get rid of this THUG [Hun sen] as soon as possible.It'd be out cry from world community if Hun sen's thugs kill unarmed civilian Khmers protesters.

Hun sen is careless about anyone except his families and power,he is a thug ruling Cambodia and serves foreigns (Yuon + Chen) interests.Down with Cpp!!!

Prahok

Anonymous said...

What are enemies that you array talking about? Unarm civilians protesters? You called khmers civilians ENEMIES,and called yuon friend for millions years?Wow! you must be a worm/parasite that live floated on Tunlesap illegal waiting to be deported back hanoi for sure!

Anonymous said...

Bloody scary tactic from CPP....the mass demonstration need to begin when the NEC anounce their final election results which definitely in favor of CPP...one big mother f***ker family controled the evil Hun Sen...just wondering when the mass demonstration occurred. ..whether military police shoot the civilians or shoot the top CPP officials. ...this beloved country of ours needs a New Leader that have been elected by the people and serve its own people...that's what's democratic is all about....

I urge everyone us to join mass demonstration..locally/internationally. ..if they can not go by the bus load ..do come by motor bikes...to the capital phnom penh..

Anonymous said...

khmer needs to improves defenses
poor/weak ., can't compares to its neighbor

Anonymous said...

KHMER DON'T KILL KHMER THEMSELF..
only Youn kill khmer for invasion of cambodia .This time khmer people will attack the evil thug Hun Sen and his hungry dogs barking round ....
We khmer really had enough with this evil traitor...

Anonymous said...

in 2015 ASEAN WILL BECOME TO 1 NATION WITH OPEN HEART,

THIER ARE NO YOUN/VIET INVASION.,
STOP FOOLING AROUND

Anonymous said...

Sam rainsy TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK, TALK TALK,TALK, TALK, TALK, talk, talk, TALK, TALK...

KEEP TALKING, KEEP TALKING, KEEP TALKING, KEEP TALKING, KEEP TALKING, KEEP TALKING, KEEP TALKING..

NOW SAM RAINSY IS JUST A PARROT, SAM RAINSY IS JUST A PARROT, SAM RAINSY IS JUST A PARROT..

NO ACTION TAKEN, NO ACTION TAKEN, NO ACTION TAKEN, NO ACTION TAKEN, NO ACTION...

While Hun Sen, a former POL POT soldier and his master Yuon prepare to kill CNRP supporters.

KHMER 28 AUGUST 2013

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ខ្មែរទី 28 ខែសីហាឆ្នាំ 2013