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Traffic police stand along National Road 6 in Kampong Thom province on May 13, 2020. (Kampong Thom Provincial Police Headquarters)

‘Very Drunk’ Traffic Police Chief Fired, Not Fined

A police officer has been removed from his position as Kampong Thom traffic police chief after allegedly driving drunk and crashing his vehicle earlier this month, but has not been fined for the apparent traffic violation, a police official said on Monday.

Activists submit a petition to the Health Ministry requesting alcohol-based sanitizers, face masks and other social support from the government on April 28, 2020. (Supplied)Activists submit a petition to the Health Ministry requesting alcohol-based sanitizers, face masks and other social support from the government on April 28, 2020. (Supplied)

Petitioners Held, Questioned After Requesting Debt Relief, Face Masks

Ten petitioners who called on the government this week to provide debt relief and protective health supplies to poor citizens were detained and questioned in Phnom Penh and Kampong Speu province, and then released after agreeing not to petition the state again.

A crowd at the Angkor Sangkran event in Siem Reap during Khmer New Year in 2019, in this photograph posted to the Siem Reap Provincial Government’s Facebook page.

Police to Prevent Large New Year Gatherings to Limit Virus Spread

While the government has not reported a new Covid-19 case in three days, the global pandemic promises to alter traditional Khmer New Year festivities next week, with religious and most public gatherings banned and police tasked with preventing large assemblies of people.

The scene where former CNRP provincial councilor Sam Bopha fell off a police motorbike while being escorted for questioning in Svay Rieng province on October 30, 2019, from a video posted to the Facebook page of former CNRP provincial executive committee chairman Mao Vibol.

Family of Deceased CNRP Activist Calls for Justice

The family of a former opposition activist who died after falling off a police motorbike on the way to being questioned has demanded that the officers take responsibility for her death.