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Ranariddh Party Condemns Activist Threat

The Norodom Ranariddh Party on Thursday condemned violence against a party activist in Takeo province, claiming intimidation was threatening the free and fair chances of the election.

The party alleges Ouch Ponn, a coummune activist in Baty district, was beaten and seriously injured by 10 men, including a body guard of Cabinet Minister Sok An.

NRP spokesman Muth Chantha said Ouch Ponn was “gentle,” and he called on authorities to investigate the beating, which he called political.

Baty Police Chief Ngann Sary said he had not heard about the violence but would investigate.

Adhoc rights investigator Prak Sarann said such cases of violence could spoil the election.

Last week, a former member of the Cambodian People’s Party who moved to the Human Rights Party was killed in Takeo, the third allegedly political killing in two months.