|Tourism Minister Thong Khon|
PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Tourism Minister Thong Khon on Tuesday called on all citizens, who plan to participate in the Cambodia National Rescue Party's (CNRP) rallies in December, to maintain order and avoid chaos and violence, which could cause trouble for the country’s tourism areas.
His comments came after the opposition CNRP announced that it plans to gather supporters in December for several events throughout the country.
"The protests should be held in accordance with law and follow what authorities and the government has granted," he said in a workshop at the Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh.
"All countries have protests, however they should not turn violent," he said.
Protests that follow the permitted criteria is the basis of a real democracy, and in turn will not cause trouble to main tourism areas.
“If we implement the rule of law and democracy, there will be no violence,” Khon said, adding that authorities will follow the law and any violation of the law will not be accepted.
According to a statement issued Monday, the CNRP will gather supporters on December 10th to mark International Human Rights Day in Siem Reap province and continue on to visit Preah Vihear temple the following day.
On December 12th, CNRP senior officials will visit Prey Long forest in Kampong Thom province and will return to Phnom Penh to hold a rally at Democratic Park on December 15th, the statement said.
From December 15th onwards, the CNRP will hold a mass rally every Sunday, the statement added.