About 50 police officers forcefully prevented villagers from entering a public forum on alleged election irregularities in Battambang province on Thursday, according to opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua, who organized the event. Ms. Sochua said that the forum had been called in a small village in Bat*tambang City’s O’Char commune to discuss irregularities but that the local commune chief had told her they could not hold the event. “We were told we could not have the public forum, and then the police started blocking the villagers from different parts of the village coming to where we were having the
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