Hun Sen’s Colour Revolution Illusion May Come True
“… the Secretary of State will restrict entry into the United States of those individuals involved in undermining democracy in Cambodia. In certain circumstances, family members of those individuals will also be subject to visa restrictions.”
US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert, Press Statement, 6 December 2017
“Banning visas will not make people in Cambodia die by having their children not [being allowed to] visit there. They can visit their parents [here] – there is no problem.”
CPP Spokesman Sok Eysan, 8 December 2017, The Phnom Penh Post
«យ៉ាងណាវាប៉ះពាល់សតិអារម្មណ៍ដែរ សូមសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិកមេត្តាពិចារណាផង ព្រោះថាប្រទេសតូចកុំថាឡើយកម្ពុជាដល់ទៅអាវុធនុយក្លេអ៊ែរ សូម្បីអាវុធប៉ុនកូនដៃក៏គ្មានដែរ។ សូមឲ្យលោកជាមហាយក្សសូមឲ្យជួយពិនិត្យមើល និងសូមឲ្យប្រទេសកម្ពុជាដែលជាប្រទេសតូចមួយហ្នឹងរស់បានដោយសុខសន្តិភាពផង។»
អ្នកនាំពាក្យគណបក្សប្រជាជនកម្ពុជា សុខ ឥសាន ថ្ងៃទី១០ ខែមីនា ឆ្នាំ២០១៦ វិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី
Hun Sen finally tones down his rhetoric against the US when a limited US sanction hits the CPP’s raw nerves. He now agrees to again accept deported Cambodian ex-criminals from the US because of the visa restriction the US has imposed on Ministry of Foreign Affairs top officials. Rather than lifting it as a reward for the backdown, the US up the ante, extending the restriction to those who undermine Cambodian democracy, and their families.
The expanded sanction makes the CPP’s head spin. Initially, Sok Eysan sees no problems. He is right though that the visa restriction will not kill Cambodians. Most do not have enough to send their children for education or buy real estates in the US. Indeed, only children of those who can afford can visit their parents in Cambodia to circumvent the sanction.
On second thought forty-eight hours later, Eysan realises those children may not be allowed back to the US after the visit to their parents who are in the sanction list. He whines, and begs for a US reconsideration. He becomes delusional when he infers that the sanction is due to nuclear weaponry he claims the CPP do not have.