(Reuters) - Cambodian police used batons to break up a protest on Monday by opposition party supporters demanding a license be granted for a new television channel, clashes that rights groups said left two people wounded.
The demonstration by about 100 people was the latest to turn violent in Cambodia, where the ruling party of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing an unprecedented slew of challenges over issues from factory wages and land grabs to graft and alleged vote-rigging in an election last year.
Police and guards working for Phnom Penh city authorities beat protesters with batons, local rights groups Licadho and Adhoc said.
It was the second time in two months the opposition had gathered to urge the Information Ministry to approve the new channel, which is being spearheaded by popular radio personality Mam Sonando, a government critic.
"Authorities implemented the law to prevent anarchy. This rally was illegal," Long Dimanche, a spokesman for the city authorities, said of the dispersal. He said a protester was detained for incitement.
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) says the country's fast-growing broadcast media are under the control of its adversaries in the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), whom they accuse of fixing last year's election to retain power.