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Cambodian police break up TV licence protest with electric batons and clubs

Published on Mar 31, 2014 8:51 PM
 
Protesters clash with police officers during a demonstration in central Phnom Penh on Monday, March 31, 2014. Cambodian riot police on Monday used electric batons and clubs to beat demonstrators demanding a licence for an independent television station for defying a ban on unauthorised rallies in the capital, rights groups said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian riot police on Monday used electric batons and clubs to beat demonstrators demanding a licence for an independent television station for defying a ban on unauthorised rallies in the capital, rights groups said.

Scores of armed police violently dispersed more than 100 protesters who tried to rally in a Phnom Penh park, activists and witnesses told AFP.

At least two protesters were wounded, one hit by a police baton in the head and another punched in one eye, according to Am Sam Ath of local rights group Licadho.

The protesters were rallying in support of prominent government critic and radio station owner Mam Sonando, who is calling on authorities to provide him a licence for a television station.

 
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