There were ugly scenes on Friday at Phnom Penh’s hill-temple Wat Phnom when district security guards scuffled, shouted abuse and punched a group of mostly women and monks who had gathered to hold a memorial ceremony for Mao Sok Chan—the 29-year-old man shot dead by police during last month’s clash near Monivong Bridge.

A couple of dozen Daun Penh district security guards, backed up by numerous undercover police, destroyed offerings of jasmine and lotus flowers that the ceremony’s organizers had brought to Wat Phnom. Insults were shouted between participants in the suppressed ceremony and the security
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