Rainsy reaffirms Sunday protest

The Phnom Penh Post quoted opposition leader Sam Rainsy as saying that marches through the capital will take place as part of the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s days-long sit-in, scheduled to begin on Sunday.

Rainsy said during a public speech at the O’Russey Market in the capital’s Prampi Makara district that CNRP supporters would march through Phnom Penh and stay at Freedom Park day and night.

The CNRP announced on Monday it would stage another mass demonstration in the form of a peaceful sit-in for at least three days at Freedom Park, where thousands gathered to protest against “vote-rigging” last Saturday.

According to final results released on Sunday, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party won the July 28 election, earning 68 seats compared to the opposition’s 55.

Rainsy, who said again yesterday that his party would boycott parliament later this month if election irregularities are not addressed, did not provide planned march routes and times.

Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay said his party hoped to attract up to 50,000 people to Freedom Park and was exploring the possibility of spilling crowds into nearby public spaces such as Wat Phnom to ease congestion.