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Protesters scuffle with police in Cambodia

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 00:47

Jan. 26 - Police in Cambodia scuffle with protesters demanding better labour conditions and the release of jailed workers. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Eight people were injured and two were detained in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Sunday (January 26) when police clashed with anti-government protesters. Hundreds of protesters, including garment factory workers, teachers and land activists, confronted police as they tried to pass through the entrance to Freedom Park which authorities have banned as a gathering place. Hundreds of police, military troops and private security guards hired by the city hall guarded the entry points to the park. A union leader from the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association said they were demonstrating for better work conditions, an increase in minimum wage, and they were calling for the release of 23 workers who were jailed in relation to a crackdown earlier this month. Cambodian authorities banned all protests in the country after a deadly crackdown on a garment factory workers' demonstration on January 2 and 3, followed by a massive protest by the opposition party at Freedom Park. The mass protests presented one of the most serious challenges to Prime Minister Hun's Sen's 30-year rule.

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Protesters scuffle with police in Cambodia

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 00:47