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Cambodian PM threatens opposition leader with legal action

Cambodian strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday threatened opposition leader Sam Rainsy with legal action over a letter to the nation's king that appeared to rebuke the monarch for endorsing parliament. Experts say the threat could be an attempt to press Rainsy into ending the opposition's boycott of parliament called after last year's election. The poll returned Hun Sen to power but is hotly disputed due to allegations of massive vote-rigging.

Cambodia lifts ban on demonstrations

Cambodia has ended a ban on public protests imposed last month following a deadly crackdown on striking workers, an official said Wednesday, as the opposition vowed to mount fresh rallies. Four civilians were killed when police opened fire on protesting textile factory workers demanding a minimum wage of $160 a month to make clothes for brands including Gap, Nike and H&M. A day later the government banned demonstrations in the capital by supporters of the opposition, which accuses Prime Minister Hun Sen of vote-rigging in elections last year.

Cambodian unionists mark murder of prominent labour leader

Cambodian trade unionists on Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of the death of a prominent labour leader, defying a government ban on rallies following a deadly crackdown on garment workers earlier this month. Chea Vichea, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen's government, was gunned down in 2004 in broad daylight at a newsstand in the capital Phnom Penh -- a killing decried by activists as an attempt to silence his union. Campaigners say his murder is a symbol of the kingdom's culture of impunity for powerful interest groups determined to muzzle dissent.

Hun Sen warns opposition not to put Cambodia hostage for politics

Prime Minister Hun Sen warned opposition leaders on Saturday not to put Cambodia hostage for political benefit or face a government crackdown. "Do not try to put this country hostage for bargaining your power," Hun Sen said, warning that any attempt to stage a civil war will be "cracked down on in just hours." Hun Sen issued the warning amid a brewing political crisis over the outcome of last July's general election.

Cambodia temporarily detains land activists

Five Cambodian land rights campaigners were detained for several hours Monday in the latest move by the government of strongman premier Hun Sen to suppress street protests, activists said. The women were pushed into a van as they prepared to stage a rally in front of the French embassy to call for the release of other imprisoned human rights defenders, witnesses said. They were freed without charge after about eight hours in custody but were warned to stop their protests, according to one of the activists.

Cambodian garment workers join opposition protests

Thousands of Cambodian garment workers on Thursday joined anti-government protests demanding that Prime Minister Hun Sen step down and call a new election. The opposition had urged the textile industry's vast workforce to join its daily rallies in the capital against Hun Sen, and the workers' participation is a boost to efforts to challenge the long-ruling strongman. Hun Sen last week rejected opposition calls for him to step down and call a new vote to settle allegations of vote-rigging in July elections.

Cambodian PM rejects opposition protest resignation call

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday rejected opposition calls for him to step down after thousands of protesters massed in the capital calling for fresh elections. The strongman leader said that there would be "no re-election", dismissing opposition allegations that the July election was tainted by vote rigging. An estimated 10,000 protesters, many waving Cambodian flags and banners, massed in a park in the capital Phnom Penh on Sunday, calling for another vote and for Hun Sen's resignation.

Hun Sen rejects opposition calls to hold new election, step down

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday rejected opposition calls for him to dissolve the National Assembly to pave the way for a new election and to step down from power. "I want to stress that there is no re-election, no one dissolves the legislature and also there is no mechanism to hold new election before its term ends," Hun Sen said in dismissing demands made by leaders of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Thousands rally as Cambodian opposition demand new poll

Thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters on Sunday staged a fresh demonstration against Prime Minister Hun Sen's hotly disputed July election win, calling for a new poll to settle allegations of vote rigging. An estimated 10,000 protesters, many waving Cambodian flags and banners, massed in a park in the capital Phnom Penh by Sunday afternoon demanding the strongman premier call a new election -- the first time they have made the demand.

Fresh rally as Cambodian opposition demand new poll

Thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters on Sunday staged a fresh demonstration against Prime Minister Hun Sen's hotly disputed July election win, calling for a new poll to settle allegations of vote rigging. Around 5,000 protesters, many waving Cambodian flags and banners, massed in a park in the capital Phnom Penh early Sunday demanding the strongman premier call a new election -- the first time they have made the demand.
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