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Opposition Calls for Renewed Investigation of 2010 Bridge Stampede

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Thursday urged Cambodian authorities to reopen an investigation into a deadly bridge stampede during the Water Festival in 2010. Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, made his statement as Phnom Penh held a memorial service for the more than 350 people who died during the stampede, when festival goers panicked on a crowded bridge. Critics say city authorities and police failed to adequately control the crowds during the festival, which brings millions of people to Phnom Penh for boat races and other celebrations. A government investigation found no wrongdoing in the incident. The opposition is planning to hold its own memorial service on Friday. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)