A group of about 30 district security guards brutally assaulted a small contingent of CNRP supporters and onlookers on Monday morning near Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park.
About 10 people sustained minor injuries and at least four people were bloodied with wounds to their head after the helmeted security force attacked the crowd with batons and kicked them as municipal police looked on.
A CNRP supporter sits on the ground after being attacked by Daun Penh district security guards Monday morning. (Kevin Doyle)

Sok Penhvuth, deputy Daun Penh district governor, ordered the attack, telling the security guards to beat anyone who was taking photographs without a press card.
Along with Kim Vutha, head of the district security force, Mr. Penhvuth pointed out offending photographers, shouting “fight them, fight them.”
Mr. Vutha and City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche declined to comment when reached by telephone.
Srey Samai, 28, sustained wounds to the face during the security guards’ unprompted assault.
“I came here for freedom of expression and did nothing wrong. I don’t even have a camera,” he said.
The attack came after CNRP lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua led a one-woman protest inside Freedom Park, calling for justice for garment factory workers who were killed by military police in early January.
“We come here to talk about the garment workers who have been killed and to find justice for them. The government is the killer,” she said after entering a southern corner of the park.
CNRP lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua is carried out of Freedom Park by Daun Penh district security guards Monday morning. (Kevin Doyle)

Ms. Sochua has previously attempted to enter Freedom Park five times over the past two weeks—only to be blocked by security guards and police—in a campaign to spotlight the government’s arbitrary enforcement of a ban on public protests.
She was eventually carried out of the park yesterday morning by security guards.
Reached by telephone, Ms. Sochua said that her success in making it into the park to deliver a speech was worth the trouble.
“[It was] totally worth it,” she said. “It is the truth and the power of one that really scares them.”
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