The government’s ban on public protests and demonstrations could be around for quite some time, at least as long as the present political standoff lasts between Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling CPP and the opposition, a top military police official said Tuesday. On January 4, the day after military police put down a protest for higher garment factory wages in Phnom Penh by fatally shooting five demonstrators and wounding dozens, the Interior Ministry said it was suspending the constitutionally-protected right to peaceful protests “until security and order are restored to their normal state.” But Mr. Hun Sen’s officials
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