Protesters Urge EU to Pressure Cambodia on Democracy as PM Hun Sen Attends Brussels Talks

Some 1,000 protesters descended on Brussels Friday demanding that the European Union push for a return of democracy to Cambodia, as Prime Minister Hun Sen gathered with heads of state and business leaders from Asia and Europe in the wake of his controversial election victory.

Friday marked the second day of the Oct. 18-19 Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), where top stakeholders from the two continents gathered to provide a forum for political discussions among the 53-member group.

In a move aimed at countering European criticism of his rule, Hun Sen has worked to persuade leaders from the bloc to forgo threatened sanctions against his government following July 29 national elections widely regarded as rigged.

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