Cambodian Authorities Violently Disperse Family Members of Detained Opposition Activists

Authorities in Cambodia on Friday violently dispersed the wives and family members of detained opposition activists holding a protest in of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to call for their immediate and unconditional release, according to members of the group.

Seventeen Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) activists have been held in pretrial detention at Prey Sar Prison on charges of “incitement to commit a felony” since early this year after voicing views critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s leadership—accusations rights groups say represent restrictions on their freedom of expression.

Friday’s rally marked the sixth protest organized by the family members—the previous five of which featured police officers confiscating or destroying banners and ordering the crowd to disband.

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