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Workers, Police Clash, Leaving 3 Dead in Cambodia

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An injured garment worker is helped by his colleagues after clashes broke out during a protest in Phnom Penh, Jan. 3, 2014.

An injured garment worker is helped by his colleagues after clashes broke out during a protest in Phnom Penh, Jan. 3, 2014.

PHNOM PENH - In Cambodia, three people died and others were wounded Friday when police opened fire on a demonstration in Phnom Penh where garment workers are demanding higher wages.

Witnesses say police fired assault rifles at the protesters after they blocked a road and hurled stones at police.

The incident is the latest in a string of clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

On Thursday, at least 20 people, including 15 monks, were wounded in a crackdown on striking garment workers after a special military unit was called in to clear the demonstrators.

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