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Cambodian Protesters Injured in Clash With Elite Military Unit

A striking garment worker gestures in Phnom Penh, Jan. 2, 2014. (VOA Khmer)
A striking garment worker gestures in Phnom Penh, Jan. 2, 2014. (VOA Khmer)
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Cambodian protesters say at least 20 people, including 15 monks, were injured in a crackdown on striking garment workers after a special military unit was called in to clear demonstrators.

Local human rights groups, which say at least 10 people were arrested Thursday outside the Yak Jin factory near Phnom Penh, condemned the violence and the deployment of an elite unit of soldiers (Special Command Unit 911).

Striking garment workers are seen in front of police in Phnom Penh, Jan. 2, 2014. (VOA Khmer)Striking garment workers are seen in front of police in Phnom Penh, Jan. 2, 2014. (VOA Khmer)
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Striking garment workers are seen in front of police in Phnom Penh, Jan. 2, 2014. (VOA Khmer)
Striking garment workers are seen in front of police in Phnom Penh, Jan. 2, 2014. (VOA Khmer)
Nuth Romduol of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party and an elected member of Parliament, told VOA's Khmer service that the soldiers were the aggressors.

“They were aggressive at us once I got there. The soldiers were aggressive and took a young man away. He was simply a by-stander, but was beaten up with sticks. He was not armed and didn't throw any stone. This happened right before my eyes," said Romduol.

But Chap Sophorn, the commander of the paramilitary unit, said his troops only responded after protesters began throwing rocks at them.  

“Do we have to stand idle and get attacked at or what? My soldiers obediently follow my order. If I say 'attention,' they are at attention, and if I say 'stop,' they stop. Who is responsible when we say don’t throw at us, but they still did? Even you cannot stand it," said Sophorn.

Most of Cambodia's garment workers are on strike to demand higher wages.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Khmer service.

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