RESPONSES TO THE TWO QUESTIONS RECENTLY MOST ASKED TO SAM RAINSY

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១៨ វិច្ឆិកា ២០១៩ / November 18, 2019

1-WHY DID YOU NOT RETURN TO CAMBODIA AS ANNOUNCED ON NOVEMBER 9, 2019?

A few hours before my departure from Paris planned for November 7, the Thai Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, personally told the press in Bangkok that he would not allow me to enter Thailand. 

He therefore complied with the request that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen had made to block my route of return. 

I needed to go through Thailand to be able to enter Cambodia by land with, according to my plan for November 9, several thousand Cambodian migrant workers who were to participate in this “grand return from exile.” 

But on November 7, at around midday, as I was about to take the plane for Bangkok from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, the Thai Airways company – to whom I presented a valid ticket – did not allow me to board, citing instructions from their government in Bangkok. 
This first attempt to enter my country by land turned into mission impossible – but the mission has only been delayed. 

Please note also that Cambodia banned commercial airlines worldwide from flying me directly to Cambodia, and threatened the airlines with serious consequences if they did so. 
This highlights, among other things, the pointlessness of the various Kangaroo court convictions against me as Hun Sen was determined to avoid having to arrest me. My court convictions, clearly, are simply propaganda exercises. 

2- DID YOU REALLY PLAN TO STAGE A COUP D'ETAT?

Hun Sen accuses me of wanting to incite a "coup d'état". That’s how he describes the return trip that I had planned to make and announced from Malaysia on August 15 – almost three months in advance – for November 9. 

I had planned to organise a long, peaceful and historic march from the Poipet area, on the Thai border, to the capital Phnom Penh. 

Thousands of migrant Cambodian workers who currently live in Thailand, but wanted to share in the return in a symbolic way, were also to join in the march. 
I had also called on the population inside the country to come and add their numbers to this peaceful and historic march, which was to create an example of “People Power" as shown in the Philippines in 1986. 

This historic popular movement led to the peaceful ending of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, with whom Hun Sen has many points in common. 
Yet Hun Sen’s accusation against me of wanting to provoke a "coup d'état" is laughable. How can a "coup d'état" be carried out without arms, without an army, without military logistics or resources? 

Furthermore, when has a "coup d'état" ever been announced months in advance? The real coups are organised in secret and seek to seize power by surprise. 
Hun Sen’s claim doesn’t hold water, and is just an example of wanting to give a dog a bad name and then hang him.

Sam Rainsy
 

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