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Cambodia riot police break up fresh rally, arrest activist

Published on Jan 19, 2014 10:40 PM

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian riot police broke up a rally on Sunday arresting an activist, an official said, in the latest move by the authorities to quell protests against strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen.

About 50 security officers, armed with batons, dispersed a small group of around 10 people as they tried to hold prayers in the capital Phnom Penh for the release of people arrested during a recent bloody crackdown, Mr Am Sam Ath, of local rights group LICADHO, told AFP.

The acting leader of a non-governmental organisation was dragged into a police car, he said, adding there "was no violence" as the prayer group did not resist.

Mr Long Dimanche, a spokesman for the Phnom Penh city hall, confirmed the police had dispersed the group because they had held a rally deemed to violate the law.

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