At least 21 are injured as opposition party protesters, demanding the re-opening of Freedom Park, clash with Phnom Penh city hall security guards. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: About 500 supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), clashed with Phnom Penh city hall security guards on Tuesday (July 15) as they demanded authorities re-open the Freedom Park, a former rallying point for anti-government protesters.
At least 21 people, including 17 security guards and four protesters, were injured in the confrontation.
Protesters put up a red banner, that read "Free Freedom Park" in both Khmer and English on the barbed wire, set up by authorities to seal off the park.
Clashes broke out when the city hall security guards started to pull off the banner from the barbed wire. Angry protesters waving flag poles as weapons pushed the guards back, who then fought back with batons.
Riot police arrived and fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters.
The Freedom Park is a government-sanctioned place of protest, but it was closed following a crackdown on a garment factory protest by the government forces in January, which left five people dead.
Since then the police or the security guards hired by the Phnom Penh city hall often clear and beat any protesters near the park.
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