Labor Leader Luke Foley has called for protections for citizens who lawfully protest at this weekend’s ASEAN summit, following a threat by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to hunt down and beat Sydney protesters.

The NSW Labor Opposition used Question Time in the NSW Parliament to ask the Police Minister what steps have been taken to protect people who peacefully protest against the arrival of Hun Sen.

Prior to his departure Hun Sen issued a blunt threat to anyone thinking of protesting this weekend in Sydney, telling a gathering of workers: “I would like to send a message: do not burn my photo. If you burn my photo, I will follow you home ... I will follow you and beat you at home.”

Neither the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull nor Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have condemned Hun Sen’s comments. Federal Treasurer Chris Bowen spoke out strongly in the Federal Parliament against the threats.

When asked today in the NSW Legislative Assembly Police Minister Troy Grant read out a prepared statement detailing the specific powers that he has given the police to protect dignitaries but failed to say what, if anything, his government was doing to protect lawful protesters. Mr Grant revealed he had not received a briefing on the issue of Hun Sen’s threats of violence.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

Hun Sen has jailed Cambodia’s opposition leader and cracked down on a free press and trade unions. Political opponents of his regime have been murdered.

“Sydney’s Cambodian community is taking the threats of violence against them by Cambodia’s Prime Minister very seriously.

“They are scared that if they stand up publicly, and peacefully, against the despotism of Hun Sen’s rule in coming days, they will be targeted by his thugs.

“The Police Minister should assure the community that citizens engaging in lawful protest against Hun Sen this weekend will be afforded the full protection of the law.”