Tens of thousands of supporters of Cambodia's opposition party rallied on Saturday (September 7) to demand an independent probe into July elections they say were rigged with frauds to prolong the rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen now facing his biggest political challenge in two decades. The rally at Park of Democracy in Phnom Penh ended with no violence. VOA Khmer’s Heng Reaksmey reports.
About 5,000 garment workers in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh protest at city hall asking the mayor to press their company over pay dispute. Workers from SL 1 and SL 2 garment factories, mostly women, marched the route of about 6 km to city hall where they blocked the road on Thursday. They demand a raise and bonus payment. (Reuters)
Cambodian protesters scuffled with police on Wednesday during a protest over a long running land dispute which is to be built by a Chinese developer and a well connected Cambodian tycoon. Protesters demand the release of their imprisoned colleague, Yoam Bopha. Sam Rina, Phnom Penh.
About 1,000 members of the Cambodian opposition have taken part in non-violent protest training for their upcoming mass rally against the results of July's election. Officials for the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Wednesday had their supporters practice how to react non-violently to police provocations, spot infiltrators in their ranks and avoid the use of abusive language. After the session, some were asked to come on stage to demonstrate what they had learned, with other members of the opposition portraying security forces. The government has deployed troops in the Cambodian capital before the planned demonstration and has warned about the rally turning violent. But Kem Sokha, CNRP vice president, says a peaceful protest is the goal. VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey and Say Mony report from Phnom Penh.
Constitutional Council of Cambodia on Saturday ordered National Election Committee to punish eight election officials in Kratie province for irregularities in national election on July 28. However Ek Sam Ol, president of the top legislative body of Cambodia, announced the irregularities didn't impact the results of the national elections. Ek Sam Ol and most members of the council are member of ruling party Cambodian's People Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnon Penh.)
Safety packages of ballots from Battambang province contain less irregularities comparing to those from Kratie province. Constitutional Council ordered National Election Committee to open the packages for verification in response to the complaints filed by Cambodia National Rescue Party. VOA's Khmer's Khuon Theara reports from Phnom Penh.