Authorities threaten protesting unionists with crackdown

A police official in Kompong Speu province said Thursday that the military might confront garment workers protesting the arrests of two colleagues if they did not stop demonstrating outside provincial government buildings.

Around 600 workers from the Hong Kong-owned Agile Sweater factory protested outside the provincial court, government and police headquarters in Chbar Mon City Thursday, calling for the release of two workers who were jailed on Wednesday after being charged with fraud and incitement for their efforts to establish a new union branch at the factory. …

Ben Sokhean