Bellicose warnings of suppression by riot and military police in the lead-up to the opposition CNRP’s three days of marching through the streets of Phnom Penh left many predicting clashes that would lay bare the CPP government’s authoritarian tendencies. A TIME magazine headline on Tuesday claimed that Phnom Penh was braced for “bloodshed,” a claim that was met with derision on social media. Riot control exercises held throughout the city, including one session at Freedom Park a day before the opening of the CNRP’s mass demonstration on Wednesday, allowed police to show off their wares as they practiced
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