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Cambodian Forces Open Fire As Factory Strikes Turn Violent

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January 03, 2014 AT 11:22 AM
Cambodian military police opened fire with assault rifles on Friday to quell a protest by garment factory workers demanding higher pay and human rights workers said at least four people were killed. Chaos during nationwide strikes erupted for a second day as security forces were deployed to halt a demonstration by thousands of workers who refused to move and threw bottles, stones and petrol bombs at an industrial zone in Phnom Penh. The clash represents an escalation of a political crisis in Cambodia, where striking workers and anti-government protesters have come together in a loose movement led by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).