Cambodia protest clashes leave one dead, several wounded
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Violent clashes erupted in the Cambodian capital on Sunday, leaving one protester dead and several wounded as thousands gathered to challenge strongman premier Hun Sen's disputed election win, witnesses said.
Security forces fired smoke grenades, tear gas and water cannon at rock-throwing opposition supporters in Phnom Penh in an escalation of the political crisis that has gripped the kingdom since controversial July polls.
In one of a series of clashes around the city, anti-riot police baton charged a group of protesters who were throwing rocks near an overpass some five kilometres from the main protest site, according to witnesses.
One demonstrator was killed, according to prominent activist Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.