Cambodian police stop protest recalling oppression

  • Associated Press
  • November 18, 2012 - 5:05 AM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Police have broken up a protest aimed at highlighting oppression of Cambodia's people by political figures including former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the late despot Pol Pot.

Protest organizer Theary C. Seng described her Sunday action on the eve of a visit by President Barack Obama as "Poetic Justice Dart Games," with pictures of Kissinger and others emblazoned on poster-sized dart boards set up on a busy riverside boulevard.

Kissinger directed U.S. foreign policy during the Nixon Administration when it carried out large-scale secret bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Some historians blame the bombing for embittering Cambodians and ushering in genocidal communist Khmer Rouge rule that left 1.7 million people dead. Theary Sang says Cambodia's current government is also an enemy of freedom.

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