Police fire warning shots at Cambodia protesters

Garment workers protestsCambodian police fired warning shots on striking garment protesters and hit them with their batons on December 27 after they joined an opposition protest march in the capital Phnom Penh and started to throw rocks at police officers. Several people on both sides were reportedly injured.

Thousands of garment workers nationwide skipped work to demand a higher minimum wage than what the government has offered, leaving the nation’s largest manufacturing industry with some 650,000 workers stalled.

Workers from more than 120 factories launched the job action as early as December 24, union leaders said. They were protesting the government’s decision this week to raise the industry’s minimum wage by 19 per cent to $95 a month, starting in April—well short of unions’ demand for $160. The strike also drew support from Cambodia’s main opposition force, which has been staging a nationwide protest this month against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s rule.

With the escalation on Decemebr 27, activists voiced fears of further violence.



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Cambodian police fired warning shots on striking garment protesters and hit them with their batons on December 27 after they joined an opposition protest march in the capital Phnom Penh and started to throw rocks at police officers. Several people on both sides were reportedly injured. Thousands of garment workers nationwide skipped work to demand a higher minimum wage than what the government has offered, leaving the nation's largest manufacturing industry with some 650,000 workers stalled. Workers from more than 120 factories launched the job action as early as December 24, union leaders said. They were protesting the government's decision...

Garment workers protestsCambodian police fired warning shots on striking garment protesters and hit them with their batons on December 27 after they joined an opposition protest march in the capital Phnom Penh and started to throw rocks at police officers. Several people on both sides were reportedly injured.

Thousands of garment workers nationwide skipped work to demand a higher minimum wage than what the government has offered, leaving the nation’s largest manufacturing industry with some 650,000 workers stalled.

Workers from more than 120 factories launched the job action as early as December 24, union leaders said. They were protesting the government’s decision this week to raise the industry’s minimum wage by 19 per cent to $95 a month, starting in April—well short of unions’ demand for $160. The strike also drew support from Cambodia’s main opposition force, which has been staging a nationwide protest this month against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s rule.

With the escalation on Decemebr 27, activists voiced fears of further violence.



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