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.