At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, security guards, men in plainclothes and municipal police, all wielding steel bars and metal pipes, forcibly cleared demonstrators from Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park, where the opposition CNRP has been protesting against the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen for three straight weeks. Demonstrators, including monks and women, were indiscriminately beaten as they ran away. The move by the CPP government came one day after its security forces shot dead at least three protesting garment workers during clashes in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district. At about 11 a.m. dozens of municipal police armed with tear
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