3 dead after Cambodian police fire on protesters

Cambodian garment workers and villagers block the main road demanding freedom for some worker activists who were arrested in Kambol village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.   | Photo Credit: Heng Sinith

A police official says at least three people are dead and several wounded after police in Cambodia opened fire Friday to break up a labor protest by striking garment workers.

Chuon Narin, deputy chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police, said the three were killed and two wounded in a southern suburb of the capital when police fired AK-47 rifles after several hundred workers blocking a road south of the capital Phnom Penh began burning tires and throwing objects at them.

The workers are part of a nationwide strike demanding a doubling of the minimum wage to $160 a months. About 500,000 Cambodian are employed in the garment industry, the country’s biggest export earner. The government has offered $100 a month.

Chuon Narin described the protesters as anarchists who were destroying public and private property.

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