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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Armed with a wide range of truncheons – from electric to ‘homemade’ sticks discreetly wrapped in newspaper – police and thugs attacked demonstrators, passersby and journalists indiscriminately after a defiant demonstration at Freedom Park during Labour Day.

Requests to gather publicly have repeatedly been rejected by the Phnom Penh City Hall and Cambodian authorities.
Phnom Penh’s designated protest area has been closed since the Cambodian government banned all public gatherings and demonstrations following January’s deadly clashes.

 

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Hundreds of protesters and families of January's deadly clashes victims demonstrate across Phnom Penh on Labour Day. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

Hundreds of protesters and families of January’s deadly clashes victims demonstrate across Phnom Penh on Labour Day. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

 

Demonstrators hold pictures of January's deadly clashes victims during a protests in front of Freedom Park on Labour Day in Phnom Penh. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

Demonstrators hold pictures of January’s deadly clashes victims during a protests in front of Freedom Park on Labour Day in Phnom Penh. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

 

Hundreds of people demonstrate in front of Freedom Park demanding a minimum wage of US$160/month. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

Hundreds of people demonstrate in front of Freedom Park demanding a minimum wage of US$160/month. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

 

Accompanied by families of January's deadly clashes victims opposition leader Sam Rainsy addresses the crowds in front of Freedom Park. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

Accompanied by families of January’s deadly clashes victims opposition leader Sam Rainsy addresses the crowds in front of Freedom Park. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

 

A policeman threatens civilians and media by raising a 'homemade' baton in the air. Police and thugs arbitrarily  attacked several people after Labour Day's demonstration at Phnom Penh's Freedom Park. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

A policeman threatens civilians and media by raising a ‘homemade’ baton in the air. Police and thugs arbitrarily attacked several people after Labour Day’s demonstration at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

 

Police and thugs use newspaper-wrapped pieces of PVC, broom sticks and other wood as weapons against peaceful demonstrators during Labour Day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

Police and thugs use newspaper-wrapped pieces of PVC, broom sticks and other wood as weapons against peaceful demonstrators during Labour Day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

 

A security guard arbitrarily attacks a journalist with a 'homemade' baton on Labour Day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

A security guard arbitrarily attacks a journalist with a ‘homemade’ baton on Labour Day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

 

Human rights monitors try to stop a passerby from getting beaten. Police and 'auxiliary police' pulled him off his motorbike minutes after hundreds of people protested in front of Freedom Park in Phnom Penh on Labour Day. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

Human rights monitors try to stop a passerby from getting beaten. Police and ‘auxiliary police’ pulled him off his motorbike minutes after hundreds of people protested in front of Freedom Park in Phnom Penh on Labour Day. May 1, 2014 ©Erika Pineros

 

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