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Calm prevailed in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, but an indefinite ban on any type of demonstration remained in place. There was a strong police presence on the streets, as the country awaited the court appearance of Cambodia's opposition leaders.
PHNOM PENH: Calm prevailed in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, but an indefinite ban on any type of demonstration remained in place.
There was a strong police presence on the streets, as the country awaited the court appearance of Cambodia's opposition leaders.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha will appear in court next Tuesday.
They face questioning over charges of incitement to commit criminal offences of serious social unrest.
Rainsy told Channel NewsAsia that he was unfazed by the summons and said it would be an opportunity for the truth to be told.
He said his party will not be intimidated, he will not negotiate and a grassroots campaign focused on rural areas will ensure the anti-government movement maintains its momentum.
Garment union leaders, who were involved in ordering work strikes that eventually led to deadly violence, were also summoned to court.
The issue of workers’ minimum pay remained unresolved - factories were slowly moving back into operation mode but many workers have yet to return to Phnom Penh. They had left the city over fears of more violence.
On Monday, five human rights activists preparing to petition the French embassy over the detainment of anti-government protesters were arrested by plainclothes officers.
Freedom Park, which was the base of the opposition movement, appeared to have returned to normalcy on Tuesday - groups were playing volleyball and strolling through the square.
The only difference was that they were being watched by hundreds of police.