Beating of 2 Cambodian lawmakers condemned
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Beating of 2 Cambodian lawmakers condemned

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian civil society groups and an international human rights organization have condemned the assault on two opposition lawmakers by protesters who were apparently supporters of the ruling party, and demanded an independent investigation.

Nhoy Chamreoun and Kong Sakphea of the Cambodia National Rescue Party were beaten by a mob on Monday after leaving the National Assembly. One was knocked temporarily unconscious and the other was seen with a bloodied nose.

Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that “using a mob to attack opposition members … sends a chilling signal to Cambodians that political violence can be unleashed anytime and anywhere.”

The mob outside the National Assembly was demanding that opposition leader Kem Sokha, a bitter critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen, step down as the parliamentary vice president.