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Saturday, 9 July 2016

‘Coup’ questions still echo, 19 years on


School of Vice: Really, Mr Eysan? Your past VC strategy brought fire to engulf a nation that had no real cause to go to war with anyone; a conflict that consumed at least 2 million Cambodian lives, and left a nation in a state of ruin and divisions, ensuring she continues to remain prey to the same 'strategy'.


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Acting CNRP president Kem Sokha lights a candle at party headquarters yesterday while paying tribute to those slain in 1997 factional fighting.
Acting CNRP president Kem Sokha lights a candle at party headquarters yesterday while paying tribute to those slain in 1997 factional fighting. Heng Chivoan


‘Coup’ questions still echo, 19 years on
Thu, 7 July 2016 ppp
Meas Sokchea


“Our strategy in the past was: we let you be alive but not let [you] be strong. [We] let you be weak but [we] do not let you die.”

           Sok Eysan


Political tensions ran high yesterday as ceremonies to commemorate a bloody takeover by the CPP following the 1997 elections became fodder for the current political players.

On the 19th anniversary of the events of July 1997, in which Prime Minister Hun Sen’s CPP snatched power from Funcinpec’s Prince Ranariddh, both the CNRP and former Funcinpec military commander Nhek Bun Chhay held remembrance ceremonies in Phnom Penh.

A Facebook comment from opposition leader-in-exile Sam Rainsy struck a nerve with the CPP, after he wrote the event was a “coup d’état”.

“CPP’s armed forces led by Hun Sen eliminated Funcinpec’s armed forces led by Nhek Bun Chhay. The legitimate Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh was deposed on that occasion.”

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan was quick to call out the smear, saying the “situation” was not a coup but a “crackdown on anarchic forces revolting, wanting to topple the legal government”.

“Because at that time, there were two prime ministers, [Hun Sen and Prince Norodom Ranariddh], and the first prime minister wanted to topple the second prime minister by secretly buying weapons,” Eysan said.

“And then they brought Khmer Rouge forces into Phnom Penh to topple [the government].”

Chhay, now president of the Khmer National United Party, said he did not consider the event a coup, saying the bloody streetfighting was sparked because the CPP and Funcinpec had lost confidence in each other in the arms race.

Rainsy stood by his comments in the face of their impact on negotiations his party is trying to secure with the CPP.

“I don’t care about any additional ‘defamation’ lawsuit that the CPP may file against me at their Kangaroo court in Phnom Penh,” Rainsy said via email.

“On the contrary, it would even more clearly show their authoritarian face. Negotiating does not imply hiding the truth or stifling freedom of expression.”

In a speech, made in the Philippines last month but broadcast yesterday at the CNRP headquarters, Rainsy also triumphantly proclaimed the CPP had failed to divide the CNRP leadership.

Rainsy alleged the CPP had tempted Sokha to oust Rainsy, promising all his problems would be resolved; if not, pressure would be applied.

Kem Sokha has now been holed up at party headquarters for more than 40 days to avoid arrest over a politically charged prostitution case. Eysan fobbed off the accusation, saying Rainsy was just consoling his disappointed followers.

“In fact, he knows himself he will surely split,” Eysan said. “Our strategy in the past was: we let you be alive but not let [you] be strong. [We] let you be weak but [we] do not let you die.”

Additional reporting by Erin Handley

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

How much more politically motivated can it get from the statement made by ah eysan“Our strategy in the past was: we let you be alive but not let [you] be strong. [We] let you be weak but [we] do not let you die.” It is abundantly clear that the fucking cpp's strategy is to marginalize the opposition at all cost to the verge of non-existence.Yet the cpp monkeys blatantly have adopted the line" we operate according to the laws.
The international donors should have done a lot better to rein in the monkeys in line.

Anonymous said...



The international donors think a lot more about the collateral damages to the poor and innocents whom they really want to help, and the CPP know that too. That is the reason they are so arrogant.



Kim Ea said...

These two Khmer rouges killers groups, cover their faces with a tin veil of fake democracy, tried to challenge each others for rightful truthfulness . Both of them possess the same mind set,is a notorious cold blood killers of Khmer democratic . Don't be fool ,just look at the facts finding and a secret past , they both associated directly with Khmer slaughtered Khmer groups Pol Pot . Sihanouk was the same as Hun Sen are from Pol Pot and Yuan secret agencies hiding behind them .Even Sam RaingSy are part of traitor Sihanouk party too . Politician was a bunch of liars ,a fool a hostility opportunists and mostly a killers . They never ever respected democracy rule or their own people lives , all they talk, is good and reasonable believed but behind your back was a whole bunch of lie , deception and vicious gut deficiency . Enough is enough listen to them fighting for righteousness is a wast of time , these cold blood sucker are drunk of power absolute already ,no doctors good enough to cured these foolish brain diseases period .