Thursday, 20 August 2009

Police scramble to confiscate leaflets critical of premier

Submitted by Mohit Joshi
Thu, 08/20/2009

Phnom Penh - Police in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh scrambled to gather up hundreds of photocopied leaflets critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen that were scattered around the capital, local media reported Thursday.

The leaflets, which were left at a number of locations in the capital around 2 am on Wednesday, accuse the prime minister of being a dictator, of being politically subservient to Vietnam, and of "selling the nation."

Government spokesman Phay Siphan told the Phnom Penh Post newspaper that Cambodians would not be influenced by the leaflets.

"This has happened many times before, but the result is always the same at the elections [with victory for Hun Sen]," said Phay Siphan.

Police are investigating the origin of the leaflets. (dpa)

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