Around 1,000 Sabrina factory workers on Wednesday protested outside Kompong Speu provincial court demanding the release of their union leaders. Eight union leaders were arrested by police on Monday after around 4,000 workers on strike clashed with police at Cambodian garment factory in Kompong Speu. (Reuters)
The Cambodian Appeals Court on Wednesday held a hearing in the case of housing rights activist Yorm Bopha, who is serving three years for allegedly instigating violence in an altercation in Phnom Penh last year. Yorm Bopha was arrested in August 2012 after she appeared at the scene of a fight between two men who were drinking rice wine at a drink shop in the Boeung Kak neighborhood of the capital, according to the rights group Licadho. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)
Around 4,000 striking workers on Monday June 3, 2013 forced their way into a factory in Cambodia that makes clothing for US sportswear company Nike and clashed briefly with colleagues who has remained on the jobs before being dispersed by police. (Reuters, Phnom Penh)
Phnom Penh police dispersed a protest with water canons from three separate fire trucks on Wednesday, after failing to negotiate with housing rights protesters. At least one person was knocked unconscious and several others were injured. Say Mony, Phnom Penh.
As more and more young Cambodians log on and use social media, technology is becoming an important source of change in the country, experts say. Cambodia has seen an explosion in the use of online and mobile technology, particularly social media platforms like Facebook. Participants of a recent technology workshop in Phnom Penh say this has made them more informed than ever. Tin Savetey, a university student, says she has become better informed online. “I can know information from around the world and learn about what is happening and in which country, via social media,” she said. Technology experts say social media is helping a lot of Cambodians like Tin Savetey share information with the public. Especially young people. (Kun Chenda, Phnom Penh)