Cambodian police have forced anti-government protesters from their rally camp in Phnom Penh and banned any further protests against the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Hundreds of security personnel armed with batons and shields moved in on the camp in the capital city's Freedom Park on Saturday morning, causing hundreds of protesters to flee. Rights groups said the soldiers were backed by “thuggish civilians” brandishing pipes and beating protesters. VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey has more.
At least 15 monks and five other people were injured in a violent crackdown on striking workers Thursday, after a special military unit was called in to deal with demonstrators outside a Phnom Penh factory. The clash, between demonstrators and troops from Special Command Unit 911, took place after protesters began throwing rocks at soldiers. The soldiers were seen brandishing metal pipes, knives, AK-47 rifles, slingshots and batons, according to rights workers. At least 10 people, including four monks, were subsequently arrested. Rights groups said the deployment of Unit 911 was unprecedented “and signals a disturbing new tactic by authorities to quash what have been largely peaceful protests.” (Photos by Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)
Tens of thousands of workers protested in front of the Ministry of Labor on Monday, after negotiations between labor leaders and the government failed to find a resolution to demands of higher wages in the face of a rising cost of living. (Kong Sothanaith, Phnom Penh)