Two members of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have been viciously beaten outside the National Assembly, a party spokesman said on Monday.
Yim Sovann claimed that lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sophea had been attacked “for no reason at all” after they left a parliamentary meeting.
"There was a demonstration [demanding the resignation of CNRP deputy leader Kem Sokha] in front of the National Assembly and two CNRP MPs were beaten," he told Anadolu Agency.
Pictures posted to Facebook by CNRP president Sam Rainsy appeared to show the two men bleeding from facial injuries - one of them splayed out on the road.
A video posted on Twitter appears to show one of the men being pulled from his car and punched.
“I spoke to [Interior Minister] Sar Kheng and told him that there was irregularity in front of the National Assembly... and there were lots of demonstrators surrounding the building,” Sovann said.
He added that the lawmakers had been “seriously injured” and were on their way to hospital.
Speaking on Sunday night in France, where he is on an official state visit, Prime Minister Hun Sen had said he was aware of Monday morning’s planned demonstration.
“While there is going to be a protest here [in Paris], I also received a message from Phnom Penh asking to hold a protest tomorrow,” Sen said.
“Tomorrow there will be a demonstration in Phnom Penh against the opposition party and to demand the removal of the deputy president of the National Assembly from the opposition party. I respect the right to hold demonstrations.”
Neither Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Khieu Sopheak or ruling party spokesman Sok Ey San could be reached on Monday.