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Cambodian PM's Threats to Assault Protesters in Australia Called 'Unacceptable'

The Australian government has told Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that his recent threat to assault protesters when he visits the island continent later this month is unacceptable, as outrage over the remarks intensifies. Last week, Hun Sen threatened to withdraw from the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit if he wasn't afforded sufficient respect and that he would follow home and beat anyone who burned an effigy of him. Opposition labor party members of both houses of the Australian parliament were among the politicians who joined a growing chorus of condemnation to the remarks. They included federal Labor member of parliament Mark Dreyfus, who told the Australian House of Representatives he "would not stand by while Hun Sen threatens to assault members of the Cambodian-Australian community," vowing to speak out against what Dreyfus said were the prime minister's human rights abuses. "Australia has a proud history of passionate political expression and when...

 

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