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Peace Marchers Dispersed by City Security Personnel

Peace Marchers Dispersed by City Security Personnel
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About 50 Cambodian youths were prevented by city security personnel from performing a peace march in the capital on Tuesday. The youth, from the Working Group for Peace, had hoped to hold a non-violent march near Wat Phnom, a city landmark, to the Royal Palace, to mark Buddha’s birthday, but they were dispersed by security personnel. A representative said security forces made threats and intimidating acts, calling the ban “beyond words.” Small groups continue to push against a nationwide ban on assembly that was enacted after massive pro-opposition demonstrations in January. (Suy Heimkhemra, Phnom Penh)