Cambodia opposition faces tightening clampdown
Published on Jul 17, 2014 7:06 PM
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian authorities on Thursday intensified a crackdown on rivals of strongman premier Hun Sen, arresting two more politicians and summoning the opposition deputy leader for questioning, their party said.
The widening clampdown came a day after six opposition politicians were put in pre-trial detention on what rights groups denounced as "trumped-up" insurrection charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
The case is linked to a demonstration on Tuesday against the closure of Phnom Penh's main designated protest site that turned violent.
Two more MPs-elect - Nut Rumduol and Long Ry - were detained on Thursday and taken to police headquarters, opposition party spokesman Yim Sovann told AFP.
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