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Workers, Police Clash, Leaving 3 Dead in Cambodia

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.
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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.
VOA
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.
  • A worker throws a gas bomb after clashes broke out during a protest in Phnom Penh, Jan. 3, 2014.
  • A worker carrying a metal rod reacts after clashes broke out during a protest in Phnom Penh, Jan. 3, 2014.
  • Workers are detained by riot police officers 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.
  • Garment workers hold gas bombs duing clashes with police in Phnom Penh, Jan. 3, 2014.
  • Cambodian garment workers run as they escape for safety in front of a factory of Yak Jin in Kambol village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Police with riot gear gather near striking garment workers in Phnom Penh, Jan. 2, 2014. (VOA Khmer)
  • Striking garment workers are seen in front of police in Phnom Penh, Jan. 2, 2014. (VOA Khmer)
  • A striking garment worker gestures in Phnom Penh, Jan. 2, 2014. (VOA Khmer)

Workers, Police Clash, Leaving 3 Dead in Cambodiai
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03 January 2014
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.
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Yearlong Political Deadlock Endsi
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22 July 2014
Cambodia’s political deadlock has ended. For nearly a year, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has refused to join the government, calling for electoral reforms in a system it says was deeply flawed. Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended. The two sides finally reached agreement on a formula for selecting the National Election Committee, which the Rescue Party has said was biased toward the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Hun Sen and Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy emerged from talks Tuesday smiling and shaking hands. “Victory,” Hun Sen told reporters after the meeting. “You can all applaud.” (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)

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