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Cambodian riot police use smoke grenades to break up rally

Published on Jan 27, 2014 3:05 PM
 
Security forces walk through smoke during clashes with protesters in Phnom Penh, on Jan 27, 2014. Cambodian riot police on Monday used smoke grenades and electric batons to disperse demonstrators in the capital demanding a government licence for an independent television station. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian riot police on Monday used smoke grenades and electric batons to disperse demonstrators in the capital demanding a government licence for an independent television station.

In the latest of a series of violent crackdowns on public dissent, scores of riot police forcibly broke up the protest in front of the Ministry of Information, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

About three hundred protesters led by radio station owner Mam Sonando had marched to the ministry to demand a licence for the creation of a television station.

Cambodia has been accused of only granting television licences to pro-government media.

 
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