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Cambodia unrest continues

Nearly 30 people, including a 17 year old, have been arrested in Cambodia following protests over the wages of garment factory workers in which at least four people were shot and killed.

Five women were arrested this morning (January 6), following the arrests of 23 people on Friday and over the weekend, according to human rights organization Licado (the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights).

The protests were part of a nationwide strike disputing the recent announcement that the minimum wage for garment workers would be raised to $100 a month – less than the $160 previously expected.

Anna McMullen, campaigns director for Labour Behind the Label, said: “The use of excessive force and violence by security forces is horrific and disproportionate to the threat posed. This appalling violence must end. But this isn’t just a case of physical violence against protesters. Workers in Cambodian garment factories face economic violence on a daily basis and are prisoners of a system that they cannot escape. Change is crucial.“

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