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Police Break Up Vietnam Refugee Protest


(Reuters) - Cambodian riot police on Wednesday broke up a protest by ethnic minority asylum seekers against the forced return of over 100 of their people to Vietnam , human rights workers and the United Nations said. Around 30 Montagnards, the mainly Christian tribespeople from Vietnam 's Central Highlands, staged a brief demonstration outside offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Phnom Penh . But their protest against Wednesday morning's repatriation of 101 Montagnards to Vietnam , where human rights workers say they face persecution, was cut short by the arrival of riot police. "Some of them got upset about the return of these people to Vietnam and they got out of the (asylum seekers' holding) center," Inna Gladkova, a UNHCR official. "But police escorted them back to the shelter. They are fine now." [Go To Full Story]

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