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Two Held, 36 Released, Following Tuesday’s Violent Clash With Police

Police use batons against garment workers during clashes in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 12, 2013.
Police released 29 people from custody on Wednesday, along with seven monks, following violent clashes between garment factory protesters and police Tuesday.

Choun Narith, deputy chief of Phnom Penh police, said authorities still held two people in connection with the violence, which took place Tuesday morning as demonstrating workers tried to break through a police barricade to deliver a petition at the home of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The two people being held are suspected of “serious” violence that “could damage national security,” Choun Narith said.

One woman, a street vendor, was shot and killed in the clashes. Police say they are investigating the shooting.

One man, a motorcycle taxi driver, told VOA Khmer he was happy to be released, after he said he was beaten like “they beat cats and dogs.”