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Police Block Mourners During Memorial for 2014 Killings of Workers

Police and other security personnel halted a group of mourners on the outskirts of Phnom Penh Sunday that had planned to hold a Buddhist ceremony for protesters killed in early 2014.
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Police look on as mourners participate in a Buddhist ceremony, for the brutal government crackdown during two days of rioting in January 2014, on Sunday January 3rd, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
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Police look on as mourners participate in a Buddhist ceremony, for the brutal government crackdown during two days of rioting in January 2014, on Sunday January 3rd, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

A group of Cambodian monks hold a Buddhist ceremony for protesters killed in early 2014, as police and security personnel are seen surrounding the group, on Sunday, January 03, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)  
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A group of Cambodian monks hold a Buddhist ceremony for protesters killed in early 2014, as police and security personnel are seen surrounding the group, on Sunday, January 03, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
 

Venerable Luon Sovath, second from right, a monk and human rights defender, with camera in hand walks on after he was pushed off the street by security personnel, on Sunday January 3rd, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
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Venerable Luon Sovath, second from right, a monk and human rights defender, with camera in hand walks on after he was pushed off the street by security personnel, on Sunday January 3rd, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

In Leakhena, the mother of a worker who disappeared in the 2014 protest, sitting near her husband Him Soeurn, said she was disappointed the authorities blocked the mourning ceremony, on Sunday January 3rd, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
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In Leakhena, the mother of a worker who disappeared in the 2014 protest, sitting near her husband Him Soeurn, said she was disappointed the authorities blocked the mourning ceremony, on Sunday January 3rd, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

Am Sam Ath, chief technical investigator for the rights group Licadho, said authorities resorted to pushing and pulling mourners, rather than peaceful negotiations, on Sunday January 3rd, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
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Am Sam Ath, chief technical investigator for the rights group Licadho, said authorities resorted to pushing and pulling mourners, rather than peaceful negotiations, on Sunday January 3rd, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

Vorn Pov, director of the development organization IDEA and a worker representative, center, shouted at authorities on Sunday as they sought to disperse the mourners, January 3rd, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
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Vorn Pov, director of the development organization IDEA and a worker representative, center, shouted at authorities on Sunday as they sought to disperse the mourners, January 3rd, 2016. (Hul Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

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