Nearly 20,000 Forces to Be Deployed on Independence Day, Water Festival

Nearly 20,000 members of the armed and police forces will be deployed during upcoming public holidays from Saturday, when leaders of the outlawed opposition party have vowed to return to the country.

National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun told reporters on Monday that security would be tightened beginning November 9, which is Independence Day and the scheduled date for opposition CNRP leader Sam Rainsy’s promised return to Cambodia.

Authorities have prepared to maintain public order during the long holiday weekend, and security during Water Festival, from Sunday to Tuesday, would be heightened compared to previous years, Kim Khoeun said.

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