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The Court of Appeals on Monday denied the release of 21 labor activists who have been detained since brutal demonstration crackdowns in January. The defendants had sought release on bail, with several claiming serious injuries from police beatings during the crackdown. A wife of one of the defendants burst into tears as she heard the decision. Critics say the 21 are being held without bail as a tactic to intimidate other would-be protesters. (Suy Heimkhemra, Phnom Penh)

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