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Cambodian police disperse opposition rally

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian authorities Saturday dispersed opposition protesters from their rally base in the capital and halted further protests against the kingdom's strongman premier, a day after police launched a deadly crackdown on striking garment workers.

Dozens of security personnel armed with shields and batons flooded into the area in central Phnom Penh, causing several hundred protesters to flee, according to an AFP photographer at the scene. There did not immediately appear to be serious clashes as a result of the move.

It comes a day after a crackdown on textile workers that left at least three dead, and which rights campaigners condemned as the country’s worst state violence against civilians in more than a decade.

Authorities said the recent unrest had prompted them to put a stop to the daily anti-government rallies.

Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong said in a statement that the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) would not be allowed to hold demos or marches "until the security situation and public order is restored to normal".

AFP


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