PHNOM PENH —
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and a crowd of supporters were blocked from Freedom Park in Phnom Penh on Friday, as they continued repeated attempts to reach the public space.
The president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party had hoped to push through a government ban on public assembly, joining fellow Rescue Party member Mu Sochua, who has tried repeatedly to enter the park, a designated space for public assembly.
The ban on gatherings has been in place since a government crackdown on demonstrations that left at least four people dead. On Thursday, bystanders and journalists were beaten by security personnel deployed to keep people out of the park.
A heavy contingent of police and security personnel were deployed around Freedom Park Friday to prevent anyone entering.