Thursday, September 5, 2013

US embassy warns its citizens to avoid mass protest in Cambodia

Xinhua | 2013-9-5
By Agencies

The US embassy on Wednesday urged its citizens to keep away from a mass demonstration staged by the Cambodian opposition on Sept. 7 against the controversial poll result.

"Although recent political gatherings in Cambodia after the July 28 election have been largely nonviolent, even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence without warning," said a message posted on the website of the US Embassy in Cambodia.

"The US Embassy encourages you to avoid large crowds and immediately leave any area where crowds are gathering," the message said. "You should remain alert to local security developments by monitoring local news reports, be vigilant regarding your personal security and preparedness."

The warning came after Sam Rainsy, President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) announced last Thursday that the party would hold a mass nonviolent demonstration on Sept. 7 against the initial election result which delivered the ruling Cambodian People's Party a victory.

The opposition said about 20,000 protesters would rally at the capital's Freedom Park on that day.

The final result will be officially released on Sept. 8.

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