Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said Monday that the deployment last week of armored personnel carriers (APCs) and soldiers is necessary to prevent an outbreak of post-election violence akin to the anti-Thai riots that gripped Phnom Penh more than 10 years ago. Speaking to reporters at the Information Ministry, Mr. Kanharith said the government wants to avoid a scenario similar to the “bitter experience” of the January 29, 2003, anti-Thai riots during which a mob went on a six-hour-long, $56-million-dollar rampage and burned down the Thai Embassy and a dozen Thai businesses. “We are used to experiencing a lot
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