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Workers killed after demonstrating for minimum wage

At least three people have been killed when Cambodian military police opened fire to try to quell a protest by garment factory workers, according to Reuters, demonstrating for a minimum wage of at least $160 a month.

The government recently agreed to increase the monthly minimum wage for garment workers from $80 a month to $95, but the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said it would push that to a higher amount if it wins a re-run of a July election in which they are seeking

Cambodian military: We're following our duty

Cambodian military police spokesman Kheng Tito has said only one worker has been killed and several were wounded, after security forces opened fire on protesters reportedly killing at least three.

"We're just following our duty, role and tasks. Now we are securing the situation," he said.

The workers are among 350,000 on strike, demanding higher pay.

Cambodian soldiers escort a worker who had been taking part in a protest after clashes broke out Credit: Reuters

Three killed after Cambodia police open fire on workers

At least three people were killed on Friday when Cambodian military police opened fire to try to quell a protest by garment factory workers, two witnesses said.

Two human rights workers who witnessed the chaos said three or four protesters had been killed as security forces armed with assault rifles and pistols shot at demonstrators who hurled rocks, bottles and petrol bombs outside a factory in the capital, Phnom Penh.

Riot police officers stand guard as protesters stand near the Council of Ministers building in central Phnom Penh Credit: Reuters

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Previous strike over conditions at Cambodia factory

The Phnom Penh Post, a Cambodian daily newspaper, reported on March 22nd that workers from the Wing Star Shoes plant had stopped work and blocked a main road for about an hour in a protest over wages and working conditions.

Strikes over pay and poor working conditions are common in Cambodia, which like Bangladesh is home to numerous factories producing clothing cheaply for Western retailers.

'At least six dead' in Cambodia shoe factory collapse

At least six people have died and many were injured when a shoe factory collapsed in Cambodia, a member of the trade union at the plant said.

"There were about a hundred people inside the factory when it collapsed at about 7 a.m. this morning," Sum Sokny, 29, told Reuters.

She said five women and one man died in the plant, owned by Wing Star Shoes Co Ltd.

According to one report, about 50 people were trapped inside the low-rise building, located in Kampong Speu province to the west of the capital, Phnom Penh.

In April a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,000 people.

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