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Activist beaten unconscious

A local activist attempting to deliver a petition to Ban Ki-moon was
beaten unconscious and arrested by police and military police, as the
United Nations secretary general concluded his three-day visit to the
Kingdom.

Suong Sophorn, 23, was dragged into a police car before
being treated at Daun Penh district referral hospital following an
incident in which six others were injured.

They were part of a
group of roughly 100 people who gathered outside the Cambodian-Russian
Friendship Hospital during Ban’s visit to the facility to protest
against their impending eviction from the capital’s Boeung Kak lakeside.

“They
hit me in the head with a walkie-talkie, punched me in the face several
times, hit me with an electric baton and then pulled me into the car by
the throat,” Suong Sophorn said.

He said he was released from custody after signing a pledge to stop leading protests.

Rights
groups estimate that more than 4,000 families will be evicted to make
room for a 133-hectare development owned by a ruling party senator.

Daun Penh deputy governor Sok Penhvuth denied that police had used force against the protesters.

“Suong Sophorn pushed the authorities and then hit his head against the police car door,” Sok Penhvuth said.

Source; Phnom Penh Post
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