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Thousands Join First Day of Mass Opposition Demonstration

Thousands Join First Day of Mass Opposition Demonstration
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Cambodia's opposition is beginning three days of mass demonstrations in the capital to call for the government to allow an independent probe into alleged fraud in the country's most recent election. Thousands gathered early Wednesday in Phnom Penh's Freedom Park, where they were met by thousands of riot police. The Cambodian National Rescue Party, which organized the protests, plans to march on Wednesday to a United Nations office in the capital to deliver a petition calling for international intervention to end the standoff over the July vote. They will also march to several foreign embassies. Cambodian authorities granted last minute approval for the CNRP to deliver the petition, but stipulated that only 1,000 people be allowed to join the march. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)