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Worker Demonstrations Enter Third Day

A Cambodian Buddhist monk, right, talks on a loud speaker as garment workers sit behind barbed wire set up by police near the Council of Ministers building during a rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. The workers are demanding a raise in their monthly salary from US $160 to $80. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Thousands of factory workers continued to demonstrate in front of the Ministry of Labor on Tuesday, holding to demands that their minimum salaries be raised amid the country’s increased cost of living.

The third day in a row of worker demonstrations ended in no solution between union leaders, managers and government officials.

The protesters blocked a major road in the capital in front of the ministry, and many said they would not stop until their demands are met.

Workers say they want a gradual increase in salaries, up to $160 per month, by 2018, in a sector that employs up to 400,000 people and is a main generator for the economy.

“For our stomachs, we all have to have hope,” said Yang Sophoan, a worker with the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions, before she joined demonstrations for the day. “We will not end here. We will go forward.”