Cambodian activist and broadcaster Mam Sonando. Pic: AP.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Police in Cambodia beat anti-government demonstrators who tried to defy a ban on public demonstrations to demand a license for an opposition television channel.

At least people were injured in the clash in the capital, Phnom Penh, on Monday.

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has refused to issue a television license to Mam Sonando, a fierce government critic, saying there is no frequency available.

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All existing stations are closely linked to Hun Sen, who has been in power for decades.

Cambodia’s government has faced increasingly frequent street protests since July when elections were held that the opposition says were rigged in favor of the ruling party.

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