Secretary of State for Information Khieu Kanharith has warned against holding rallies
opposing parliamentary pay rises and urged security forces not to march in protest
against their own pay problems.
He said demonstrations could be held - after the required three days notice - on
condition they were non-violent and did not disturb public order.
While noting security forces' concerns at not being paid or getting any pay raises,
Khieu said the government was trying to persuade police and soldiers to remain calm
and not participate in any demonstrations concerning salaries.
Some members of the police and army have not been paid for two months.
Khieu issued the warning just two days after 500 shopkeepers marched to the parliament
building on Dec. 6 to protest at rumored market rent increases, and said the government
expected more protests.
MPs voted themselves major rises last month, triggering criticism by state employees