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Opposition Officials Charged After Tuesday's Violence

Opposition Officials Charged After Tuesday's Violence
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Six representatives from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have been charged over Tuesday's violence between protesters and city security guards. The charges, including incitement of rioting, carry up to 30 years in prison. Among those charged and detained is Mu Sochua, a popular Rescue Party leader who also holds a US passport. Hundreds of riot police were deployed along roadways near the court to prevent protesters from convening. No clashes were reported. More than 50 people were injured in Tuesday's incident, many of them district security guards, when a peaceful protest turned violent. Rescue Party Vice President Kem Sokha told reporters Wednesday that mass demonstrations could be held to demand the release of the detained party members. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)