Authorities say 4 dead after Cambodian police open fire on striking garment workers
once that demand was met. He said most workers were not cowed by the shooting, and would continue their strike.
The violence comes at a time of political stress in the country, with the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party holding daily protests calling for Prime Minister Hun Sen to step down and call elections. Hun Sen won elections last July that extended his 28 year rule in the poor Southeast Asian nation, but opposition protesters accuse him of rigging the vote. Hun Sen has rejected their demand.
Friday confrontation followed a similar one a day earlier at a different location, in which elite troops broke up a demonstration outside a factory, beating demonstrators and arresting 10 people, including Buddhist monks, according to witnesses from human rights groups.
Last week, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia called for factory owners to close their plants, ostensibly for fear of damage by protesters. The situation puts pressure both on the striking workers, who are not being paid, and the government, which relies on garment exports to power the economy.
Workers at most of Cambodia more than 500 garment factories are on strike, demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $160 a month, double the current rate. The government has offered $100 a month.
fired live bullets directly at us. I am very scared, Mak Vin said.
destroyed private and state property, Chuon Narin, the deputy police chief, said by phone. is why our forces need to chase them out. protesters were cleared from the street, at least temporarily, by early afternoon.
Mak Vin, a 25 year old worker, said he was among those protesting for more than a week over the wage issue. He said that on Friday morning, as the workers burned car tires and shouted slogans, of armed police arrived and opened fire.
Mak Vin said the workers were protesting only for higher wages, and would return to work Nike Air Max Tavas Grey Suede
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia At least four people were killed Friday when police outside Cambodia capital opened fire to break up a protest by striking garment workers demanding a doubling of the minimum wage, police and human rights workers said.
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There had been an earlier clash overnight, with no known fatalities.
The site of Friday clash a street with stores and dwellings was strewn with debris. Walls bore holes apparently caused by bullets.
use of live ammunition was prolonged and no efforts appear to have been made to prevent death and serious injury, it said. suggest that security forces were also injured after being hit with stones. was not clear whether those killed were workers or local residents who had joined in the protest.
Although the wage and election issues are not directly linked, the opposition has close ties with the country labour movement. Last Sunday, many workers joined a massive political rally organized by the opposition.
The local human rights group LICADHO said in a statement that at least Air Max 2015 Womens Foot Locker four civilians were shot dead and 21 injured in what it described as worst state violence against civilians to hit Cambodia in 15 years. statement said that security forces used live ammunition to shoot directly at civilians.
The standoff over wages presents Hun Sen with a dilemma, as increasing violence could drive the workers into a tighter alliance with the opposition, providing a vast pool of people for their increasingly confident street demonstrations. But the government is also close to the factory owners, whose exports fuel the economy and who are generally seen as financial supporters of Hun Sen ruling Cambodian People Party.
and throwing objects at police officers. Witnesses said some officers fired AK 47 rifles into the air and that others shot at ground level.
The workers represent a potent political force, because the garment industry is Cambodia biggest export earner, employing about 500,000 people. In 2012, Cambodia shipped more than $4 billion worth of products to the United States and Europe.
One measure of the seriousness of the situation was an unusual statement issued by the Defence Ministry affirming the military loyalty to the government. The statement said the army would take whatever action was necessary to defend the legal government, the king and the constitution.
Chuon Narin, deputy chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police, said the four were killed and about 20 others wounded in a southern suburb of the capital after several hundred workers blocking a road began burning tires White Air Max Thea Womens
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