Cambodian protests shut down amid heavy security

Khmer New Year, South East Asian Games and elections are testing authorities.

A rare but short-lived opposition protest was shut down by Cambodian authorities over Easter with security beefed up across the country ahead of Khmer New Year celebrations, preparations for the South East Asian Games, and the July 23 national elections.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng appealed to all political parties to maintain public order so that the electoral process can run without violence, shortly before police dispersed around 100 supporters of the opposition Candlelight Party who rallied outside their headquarters in Phnom Penh.

The Good Friday protest was a rare event given the long-running political crackdown, initiated by Prime Minister Hun Sen in 2017, alleging a color revolution aimed at toppling his government was in the offing by the now outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

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