1 Killed as Cambodia Cops Fire on Garment Workers

Riot police block march to PM's residence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2013 12:00 AM CST
An injured Cambodian worker flees iot police in the compound of a Buddhist pagoda in Phnom Penh, Cambodia today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Cambodian police have fired live ammunition at protesting garment workers outside the capital, killing a bystander and injuring at least six protesters. A human rights group says hundreds of workers from the SL Garment Processing Factory—which makes clothing for Gap, H&M, and other international brands—clashed with around a thousand riot police sent to block a march from the factory to the Phnom Penh residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Protesters threw rocks at police, who responded with tear gas and bullets, killing a man who was selling rice by the roadside. The workers have been protesting for months for better pay and working conditions. (Read more Cambodia stories.)

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