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Cambodian opposition holds rally at its headquarters

English.news.cn   2014-03-30 16:14:05


PHNOM PENH, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) held a people's congress at its headquarters here on Sunday after the government denied permission for the party to stage the rally at the Freedom Park.

The congress, which was led by CNRP's President Sam Rainsy and attended by some 300 supporters, was aimed to hear recommendations from the party's supporters about the continuing post-election dispute.

Sam Rainsy announced Sunday morning that the location for the congress was changed to the party's headquarters in order to avoid confrontation between party supporters and security forces.

Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Pa Socheatvong said Friday that the City Hall did not allow the CNRP to rally at the park.

Steel barricades were set up to block roads surrounding the Freedom Park as hundreds of anti-riot police, armed with shields and batons, were deployed inside.

"Our security forces have been deployed to enforce the law and maintain social security and public order," National Military Police spokesman Gen. Kheng Tito said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) has been at odds with Sam Rainsy's CNRP since the July 2013 election results showed that the CPP won 68 parliamentary seats against 55 seats for the CNRP.

Claiming serious vote-rigging, the CNRP refused to accept the outcome, boycotted parliament and staged many protests--some turned violent--to demand the resignation of Hun Sen and a re- election.

Hun Sen said that he would neither step down nor call a re-vote.

Editor: Fu Peng
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