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Amnesty urges Cambodian authorities to respect right to peacful protest

Amnesty International called for Cambodian authorities to ensure that no blood was spilt in coming weeks, after armoured personnel carriers were spotted in the main city of Phom Penh.

Amnesty International deputy Asia Pacific director, Isabelle Arradon, warned in a statement,

“Cambodian authorities and other political leaders in Cambodia must ensure that post-election tension does not erupt into violence.”

“The Cambodian people including supporters of political parties, must be given the space to express their views and they must be allowed their right to peaceful assembly.”

“ The Cambodian security forces, which have a chequered record when policing demonstrations, must refrain from using excessive or unnecessary force against demonstrators.”