SA’ANG DISTRICT, Kandal Province – Several hundred civilian supporters of Prime Minister Hun Sen, backed up by an equal number of military police and provincial police armed with automatic rifles, batons and tear gas launchers, forced opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha to cancel a meeting with party followers Tuesday. The hundreds of CPP supporters—which included older farmers and young men sporting tight-cropped, military-style haircuts—gathered at Koh Touch pagoda and were explicit in their intentions to respond with force should Mr. Rainsy or Mr. Sokha attempt to hold the meeting, or criticize Mr. Hun Sen’s CPP government.
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