A Cambodian student was charged by the local authorities for a revolutionary post on social media.
Kong Raiya was taken into custody on Thursday outside Khemarak University as he waited to take the year’s final exam. The 25-year-old anti-government activist was charged by a court on Saturday with incitement to commit a crime and sent to jail pending further investigation.
“He was arrested because of a post on Facebook calling on people to launch a color revolution,” said Am Sam Ath, member of local rights group Licadho. The term “Color Revolution” is used widely by worldwide media to describe a wave of anti-government mass movements in recent years.
“Does anyone dare to launch a Color Revolution with me? Any day, in the near future I will launch a Color Revolution in order to change the vulgar regime. Even if I am jailed or die, I have to do it,” he wrote in a Facebook post on August 7 under his profile name “Soriya Koko”.
Sok Touch, Khemarak University’s rector, said he personally warned Mr. Raya about the dangers of political activism just a few days before his arrest. “I told him that you should not want to join in politics because some politicians just use us to do as they want, but he did not listen to me and walked away,” said Mr. Touch, a prominent political analyst.
The analysts have called the arrest a violation of freedom of expression online. The arrest follows the recent jailing of a number of opposition leaders and activists for insurrection over their alleged roles in a protest. Hong Sok Hour, an opposition senator, also faces sentence up to 17 years in jail after a court charged him over the posting of a disputed document on social media. IMAGE/news.yahoo