Moeun Tola, executive director of rights group Central, who was at the scene of the attack, said the CCDA’s beatings seemed planned in advance.
“If you plan for a peaceful protest then why do you have helmets? Some had walkie-talkies and hammers . . . They don’t look like tuk-tuk drivers.”
Tola added that the CCDA was “not independent”, and was rumoured to be funded by Capitol and authorities.
“I feel like the authorities use these anarchic groups to promote violence and stop people from exercising their right to freedom of expression,” he said.
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