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Cambodian police disperse opposition rally

Published on Jan 4, 2014 1:37 PM
 
A protester is detained during clashes between garment workers and security forces in Phnom Penh on Jan 3, 2014. Cambodian riot police on Jan 4 dispersed opposition protesters from a park in the capital where they have held daily rallies against the kingdom's strongman premier, a day after authorities launched a deadly crackdown on striking garment workers. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian authorities on 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 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.

 
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