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Cambodian police open fire on protesters, several wounded

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian police opened fire on protesting garment workers on the outskirts of the capital Phnom Penh on Friday, leaving several people wounded, according to an AFP photographer.

The clash comes against a backdrop of growing public protests against the kingdom’s long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Police fired warning shots in the air and then fired at the protesters, leaving at least three people injured, the photographer saw.

It is the latest in a series of violent clashes between security forces and textile workers demanding higher wages.

The incident happened after thousands of workers blocked the road in front of factories and later faced off with security personnel in the Veng Sreng area of Phnom Penh.


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