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    Cambodian Opposition Begins Three-Day Protest

    Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) with the national flags gather during a protest at the Freedom Park in central Phnom Penh, Oct. 23, 2013.
    Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) with the national flags gather during a protest at the Freedom Park in central Phnom Penh, Oct. 23, 2013.
    VOA News
    Cambodia's opposition has begun three days of mass demonstrations in the capital to call for the government to allow an independent probe into alleged election fraud.

    Thousands gathered early Wednesday in Phnom Penh's Freedom Park, where they were met by thousands of riot police.  Many Cambodians feared a repeat of last month's opposition protests during which one protester was killed and several wounded following clashes with police.

    The Cambodian National Rescue Party, which organized the protests, marched Wednesday to a United Nations office in the capital to deliver a petition calling for international intervention to end the standoff over the July vote.  They will also march to several foreign embassies.

    Cambodian authorities granted last-minute approval for the CNRP to deliver the petition, but stipulated that only 1,000 people be allowed to join the march.  Some opposition officials have told local media the march will exceed that figure.

    The party expected as many as 50,000 people to attend the three-day protest, which coincides with the anniversary of the 1991 signing of the Paris Peace Agreements that ended decades of conflict in the Southeast Asian country.

    • A young protester calls for Prime Minister Hun Sen to step down on the final day of a three-day rally organized by opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, Phnom Penh, Oct. 25, 2013. (Heng Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
    • High school students peek through a school gate to cheer and take pictures of a protest in Phnom Penh, Oct. 25, 2013. (Heng Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
    • A young female protester who passed out due to heat was helped by fellow protesters, Phnom Penh, Oct. 25, 2013. (Heng Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
    • Opposition leader Sam Rainsy leads supporters to submit petitions to Western embassies calling for an independent investigation into alleged election irregularities, Phnom Penh, Oct 24, 2013. (Heng Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
    • Opposition supporters wave national flags of some Western countries who were signatory parties to the 22 year old Paris Peace Agreement, Phnom Penh, Oct 24, 2013. (Heng Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
    • A Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporter wears a ribbon that reads “When there is justice, there is peace,” Phnom Penh, Oct. 23, 2013. (Khoun Theara/VOA Khmer)
    • Phnom Penh residents came out to cheer protesters when they marched by, Oct. 23, 2013. (Khoun Theara/VOA Khmer)
    • Buddhist monks took part in the opposition protest despite warning from head monks to stay away from political rally, Phnom Penh, Oct. 23, 2013. (Heng Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)
    • Construction workers on scaffolding ceased their work to watch opposition protest and take pictures, Phnom Penh, Oct. 23, 2013. (Khoun Theara/VOA Khmer)
    • Protesters return to Freedom Park where some of them spend the night, Phnom Penh, Oct. 23, 2013. (Khoun Theara/VOA Khmer)

    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has also threatened to hold a general strike if the government does not give in to his demands for an independent investigation.

    Although official results showed the CNRP made substantial gains in the election, opposition lawmakers have refused to take their seats in parliament, claiming the ruling Cambodian People's Party committed voter fraud.

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the vote was free and fair, arguing the results were upheld by Cambodia's National Election Commission and Constitutional Court.

    Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged foreign governments, which help fund Cambodia's aid-reliant government, to put more pressure on Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow for an election probe.

    The New York-based group said many international observers have concluded the election process was "severely marred by significant structural flaws and irregularities," including voter fraud, media bias, and partisanship by state security forces.

    The statement also slammed the prime ministers of France, Australia and Japan for sending congratulatory letters following the election to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled the country since 1985.

    Human Rights Watch's Asia director, Brad Adams, said "premature congratulations from elected leaders undermine the hopes of millions of Cambodians who rely on the international community to back their demands for free and fair elections."

    (This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Khmer service.)

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