Authorities on Thursday began to implement a directive from Phnom Penh City Hall preventing opposition activists from gathering thumbprints in public for an anti-government petition. CNRP petitioners in seven communes reported being confronted by local authorities, who demanded that they stop collecting thumbprints outside of CNRP offices. Dozens of petitions were seized and one CNRP activist was held for a short time in a commune office before handing over the signatures he had collected, according to Morn Phalla, director of the CNRP’s executive committee in Phnom Penh. The move by authorities came after municipal governor Pa So*cheatvong sent
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