Hun Sen spoke of joining an appeal to former members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party earlier this month. Long Ry, a former opposition lawmaker, said Hun Sen was able to join the Zoom meeting because one of his team members shared the link or password with others, Radio reported. Free Asia.
Radio Free Asia, a news service funded by the US government, quoted Long Ry as saying that he would be happy to invite Hun Sen to future meetings to discuss national issues.
“But morally, when people take a look at our stuff, we’re not happy,” said Long Ry. “In politics, I think we should use honest and straightforward methods, and not take advantage of others by secretly sneaking around in their affairs. “
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Hun Sen suddenly appeared during the September 9 appeal organized by former members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was dissolved in 2017 by a Cambodian court ahead of the 2018 general election.
Courts across the country are widely seen as obeying government orders, in this case eliminating the only credible opposition party ahead of the election. The opposition group was expected to present a significant challenge to Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party.
Extracts of part of the video intrusion circulated on social networks. They show Hun Sen having a 12 minute conversation with Long Ry.
In their conversation, Hun Sen complained that members of the former opposition party had personally insulted him when he claimed to have tried to promote a “culture of dialogue.”
Sok Eysan, a spokesperson for Hun Sen’s party, initially denied that the intrusion and exchange took place, saying the music video was a fabrication.
Hun Sen, however, on a live TV broadcast Friday marking the start of a campaign to vaccinate children against the coronavirus, acknowledged the exchange and said he listened to about 20 previous calls from his opponents without revealing his presence nor show his face.
He also wrote on his Facebook page about his achievement, stressing that he did not reach out to negotiate, but to warn them of the disruptive activity.
Most of the senior members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party fled into exile after the party’s dissolution. Hun Sen has been in power for over 36 years and has repeatedly stated that he has no plans to step down soon. Human rights groups and Western nations accuse his government of suppressing democratic and human rights.
Crushing other people’s Zoom conferences became a small fad last year when app usage skyrocketed during the pandemic as many people started working from home. This is usually done by obtaining a password, which is often casually broadcast online to those invited to participate in the group call.