More Violence to Prevent Use of Freedom Park

02.05.2014
Opposition Barred Again from Freedom Park
by Kong Sothanarith, VOA Khmer

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, center, of Cambodia National Rescue Party, speaks to garment workers near Freedom Park as his party member holds a portrait photo of a factory worker who was shot dead earlier this year, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Security forces have beaten demonstrators after a May day rally held in defiance of a government ban on public protests in the Cambodian capital. Nearly 1,000 factory workers and supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party had gathered on the streets outside the city’s Freedom Park, which had been barred to demonstrators and sealed off. (AP Photo)
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and a crowd of supporters were blocked from Freedom Park in Phnom Penh on Friday, as they continued repeated attempts to reach the public space.

The president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party had hoped to push through a government ban on public assembly, joining fellow Rescue Party member Mu Sochua, who has tried repeatedly to enter the park, a designated space for public assembly.

The ban on gatherings has been in place since a government crackdown on demonstrations that left at least four people dead. On Thursday, bystanders and journalists were beaten by security personnel deployed to keep people out of the park.

A heavy contingent of police and security personnel were deployed around Freedom Park Friday to prevent anyone entering.

CNRP rally violently thwarted

Fri, 2 May 2014
Post Staff
The Phnom Penh Post

Multiple district security guards bash a defenseless man with batons at the scene of a planned CNRP campaign rally near Freedom Park on Friday. Heng Chivoan

INTERMITTENT clashes and a brief episode of stone-throwing left several injured yesterday after riot police and Daun Penh district security locked down the Naga Bridge and Freedom Park in anticipation of a planned Cambodia National Rescue Party rally.

Though flag-waving, speech-making opposition supporters made a few passes on motorbikes and tuk-tuks up Norodom and past the blocked-off Freedom Park, Daun Penh’s untrained, and anonymous, security guards at times seemed more concerned with attacking anyone caught taking photos of them.

Shortly after 3:30pm, trucks fitted with folding metal barricades were deployed to block traffic on the Naga Bridge and security guards began chasing journalists, observers and a man wearing a CNRP shirt whose presence had previously been tolerated.

Several observers were beaten, including unaffiliated activist Ouk Pich Samnang, who was bleeding profusely from the head. At least two reporters, one of them female, and an American photographer, were attacked by guards.

Voice of Democracy reporter Lay Samean was badly beaten in the head for taking photos.

“I don’t know why the security guards beat me like that, because I am a reporter. I am a journalist; I just took a photo of their activities when they were beating a monk,” Samean said. “When they saw me take a photo of their activity, they rushed to beat me like a robber, and I lost my smartphone as well.”

Activist monk Loun Sovath, one of at least two monks attacked by guards, said that he too had been singled out for taking photos.

“When I walked and took a photo, the group of security guards used their batons to point at me, and other security guards rushed to beat me,” said Sovath, who was struck on the neck and hand, and whose smartphone was smashed. “Suddenly, my student used a camera to take their activity… and the group of security guards separated some people out, and they rushed to beat my student as well.”

Seemingly incensed at the sight of monks being attacked, a crowd of bystanders that had gathered began throwing stones at district security guards, who responded in kind, though tensions eased after a few moments.

Yesterday’s violence, somewhat ironically, occurred a stone’s throw away from a large banner strung across Norodom Boulevard that read: “Say NO to Violent Demonstration,” which had been put up for International Labour Day on Thursday, when similar clashes occurred.

The CNRP had earlier planned to hold a rally at or near Freedom Park to kick off its campaign for the upcoming district and provincial council elections, a poll in which only elected commune councillors can vote.

Party spokesman Yim Sovann yesterday called the lockdown of Freedom Park and the surrounding areas “illegal,” and said that the opposition had decided to hold a march around the city instead of the Freedom Park rally.

“This is an election campaign, so what we have done is follow the law. We have the right to campaign, and this is not a demonstration,” he said. “The government banning our campaign is illegal; it’s against the election law, so we defy the ban.”

As night fell, CNRP supporters gathered in front of the Royal Palace to listen to a speech by party president Sam Rainsy. A large number of security forces were concentrated near the scene, though ultimately the crowd began to dissipate without an eruption of violence.

Phnom Penh Municipal Hall spokesman Long Dimanche yesterday did not respond to requests for comment on authorities’ apparent targeting of journalists. REPORTING CONTRIBUTED BY KHOUTH SOPHAK CHAKRYA, STUART WHITE AND JOE FREEMAN

Skirmish breaks out as Cambodian opposition defies ban on rallies

English.news.cn 2014-05-02 20:05:10

Page : SAM Rainsy

PHNOM PENH, May 2 (Xinhua) — A skirmish between security forces and opposition party activists broke out on Friday afternoon near the capital Freedom Park as the opposition defied a government ban on rallies.

“At least two persons got injured on heads and bodies as security forces beat to chase away hundreds of opposition activists who attempted to gather on Norodom Boulevard, just east of the Freedom Park (the capital’s designated protest site),” Am Sam Ath, a senior investigator for the rights group Licadho, said after the incident, adding that some of the activists hurled water bottles and stones at security forces.

“Those activists could not hold a rally this afternoon because security forces dispersed wherever more than 10 people got together around the area,” he said.

The stretch of Norodom Boulevard in the east of Freedom Park was closed Friday afternoon to prevent opposition supporters from gathering as the whole Freedom Park has been surrounded by razor wires and barricades.

Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), who was scheduled to address his supporters at the area, had canceled his plan. Instead, he decided to enter the residence of the United Nations Embassy nearby the park.

Gen. Kheng Tito, a spokesman for the National Military Police, said the group had tried to gather illegally so that security forces had to disperse them to ensure social security and public order.

The skirmish came after the opposition CNRP defied a government ban on rallies during a two-week commune council election campaign, which started Friday.

Phnom Penh Municipal vice-Governor Khuong Sreng issued a statement Wednesday to ban the CNRP from gathering at the Freedom Park or marching through streets in the city during the election campaign from May 2 to 16. He explained that the election is not a universal vote.

Sam Rainsy said Thursday that the ban was a violation of the law on election, which states that eligible political parties have rights to hold election campaign in order to propagandize about their parties’ political platforms.

The commune council election, to be held on May 18, will be voted by only 11,459 sitting commune councilors — typically along party lines — for provincial, district and city councilors.

Five parties have registered their candidates for the election. Those parties are the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, the opposition CNRP, the royalist Funcipec Party, the League for Democracy, and the Democratic Republic Party.

Political row between the Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling CPP and the Sam Rainsy’s CNRP has persisted since the July’s national election outcome indicated that the CPP won 68 parliamentary seats against 55 seats for the CNRP.

The opposition has refused to accept the results it says were marred by fraud, and it has boycotted parliament and staged a number of demonstrations to demand an early election.

Editor: xuxin

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