Crackdown on opposition spreads fear, stifles debate in Cambodia

“We speak our mind,” says the website of a group of young Cambodians who have met at weekends for the past six years to discuss politics over cups of coffee.
But discussions by the Politikoffee group were postponed indefinitely by the organisers after the main opposition party was dissolved last week at the request of authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
For participants, the suspension of their meetings because of the difficult environment was just one more sign…