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Via Motorbikes, Opposition Protest Wends Through Capital

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy of the Cambodia National Rescue Party wearing a helmet arrives for a rally in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Opposition leaders led around 1,000 protesters, most of them on motor scooters, through Phnom Penh on Monday, part of an ongoing weekly call for demonstrations over July’s election results.

The rally was the second day in a row that opposition supporters gathered to demand a credible investigation into allegations of election fraud or to demand another election.

No clashes were reported with authorities, which had previously said they would not grant permission for a demonstration.

Kem Sokha, vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, said young people were riding through the city “to demand a re-election.”

Lay Som Sak, a 53-year-old store owner from Phnom Penh, said he closed his shop and joined the rally to ask for his vote back and to call for Prime Minister Hun Sen to leave his position. Only a reelection or Hun Sen stepping down will calm protesters, he said.

“If he does not, people will die,” he said.