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Cambodia: Freedom Park camp smashed by riot police

Cambodia, Phnom Penh
January 4, 2014 at 09:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Cambodia: Freedom Park camp smashed by riot police

Cambodian security forces cleared hundreds of protesters from Phnom Penh's Freedom Park on Saturday morning, after several weeks of demonstrations against the administration of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Reports say demonstrators, including Buddhist monks, where driven out by main force.

The action comes after riot police opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators in the capital on Friday, claiming the lives of at least four people. Police began firing after protesting textile workers blocked off a road in the south of the capital, burned tyres and began launching objects at law enforcement.

The deaths follow weeks of rallies over a minimum wage dispute, calling for the minimum monthly salary for the country's half-a-million garment workers to be raised to $160 (€118). Tens of thousands have been on strike since Christmas Eve, their demands supported by the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

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Cambodia: Freedom Park camp smashed by riot police

Cambodian security forces cleared hundreds of protesters from Phnom Penh's Freedom Park on Saturday morning, after several weeks of demonstrations against the administration of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Reports say demonstrators, including Buddhist monks, where driven out by main force.

The action comes after riot police opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators in the capital on Friday, claiming the lives of at least four people. Police began firing after protesting textile workers blocked off a road in the south of the capital, burned tyres and began launching objects at law enforcement.

The deaths follow weeks of rallies over a minimum wage dispute, calling for the minimum monthly salary for the country's half-a-million garment workers to be raised to $160 (€118). Tens of thousands have been on strike since Christmas Eve, their demands supported by the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

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