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Cambodia opposition faces tightening clampdown

Published on Jul 17, 2014 7:06 PM
 
Police officers block a street as protesters demand the release of five opposition members of parliament, near the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in central Phnom Penh on July 16, 2014. Cambodian authorities on Thursday, July 17, 2014, 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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