Cambodian troops in riot gear break up factory strike

Last Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 15:49

Phnom Penh: Cambodian troops armed with batons and rifles broke up a protest on Thursday by textile workers demanding a doubling of wages as part of a nation-wide strike by unions allied with the main opposition party.

Witnesses said around 100 soldiers wearing riot gear and carrying assault rifles used force to clear hundreds of workers protesting outside their factory about 20 km (12 miles) west of the capital, Phnom Penh.

"Soldiers beat up everyone," said labour rights activist Chhorn Sokha of the Community Legal Education Center. "They had sticks, electric batons, slingshots and stones."


First Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 15:49

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