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Five more arrested over SEZs’s riot in Bavet City

Published: 25-Dec-15 10:35AM

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PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald)—At least five men were respectively arrested by police on Wednesday and Thursday for involvement in violence protest in two special economic zones (SEZs) in Svay Rieng province, Bavet city.

Those arrested men include truck drivers and garment workers were charged with incitement and violence use by throwing rocks to destroy garment factories and its properties, said to Chheng Samphors, an investigator for rights group Licadho.

According to Mr. Samphors, police arrested four truck drivers on the Wednesday evening, and caught the fifth man, a garment factory worker, the next morning and brought to detain at provincial police headquarter before sending them to provincial court on Thursday’s afternoon.

Hundreds of garment factories workers working at the Manhattan and Tai Seng SEZs started striking since 16th December demanding $20 bonuses in addition to $140 minimum wage. The angry protesters later started smashing garment factories in which the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) called it was “riot.” 

GMAC, government and International Labor Organization issued separate statements condemned the violence use and called for peaceful negotiation to end the violence.

Up to present, nine people arrested over violence strike in the two SEZs where there are totally 45 garment factories based in. 

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