Cambodia detains 11 protesters in new crackdown
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian police detained 11 activists on Tuesday as they broke up a rally calling for international assistance to secure the release of protesters arrested during a recent bloody crackdown, witnesses said.
Strongman premier Hun Sen faces mounting criticism by rights groups of his government's suppression of street protests seeking to challenge his nearly three decade rule.
Several prominent campaigners, including a union leader, were among those pushed into police vehicles as they tried to petition Western embassies for help in the case of 23 protesters arrested during a deadly crackdown on striking garment workers earlier this month, activists said.
"We did not commit any violence. We just exercised our freedom of expression," Mr Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, said over the telephone as he was driven to a police station in the city.