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New rally as Cambodian detainees stage hunger strike

Published on Feb 10, 2014 3:43 PM
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A Cambodian land rights activist shouts slogans during a protest in front of the Ministry of Justice in Phnom Penh, on Feb 10, 2014. Dozens of protesters called on Monday, Feb 10, 2014, for the release of Cambodian activists arrested during a bloody crackdown last month, as a prison official said several of the detainees were on hunger strike. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Dozens of protesters called on Monday for the release of Cambodian activists arrested during a bloody crackdown last month, as a prison official said several of the detainees were on hunger strike.

The brief rally was held outside the Ministry of Justice and the Appeals Court to demand freedom for 23 activists and workers held during a crackdown on striking garment workers in early January, which left at least four civilians dead.

Two of the detainees, who are being held at a prison near the border with Vietnam, were released on bail over the weekend.

A further 16 began a hunger strike on Sunday morning to demand their release, Mr Kea Sovanna, the director of Correctional Center 3, told AFP by telephone.

 
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