Cambodian police in new protest crackdown
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian police broke up a rally in the capital on Tuesday and briefly detained 11 activists who were calling for international assistance to secure the release of protesters arrested in a recent crackdown.
The detentions came as the country's main opposition party called off a planned gathering near Phnom Penh due to security fears.
Strongman premier Hun Sen faces mounting criticism by rights groups of his government's suppression of street protests intended to challenge his nearly three-decade rule.
Several prominent campaigners, including a union leader, were among those detained 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.