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Unionists confident cases will end soon

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Ath Thorn, president of Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union. KT/ Mai Vireak

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday began the trial against six union leaders over minimum wage protests in teh wake of the 2013 election that turned violent and led to authorities opening fire and killing at least five demonstrators.

Union leaders Chea Mony, Ath Thorn, Yang Sophorn and Pav Sina, and former unionist Rong Chhun were charged with intent to commit violence, intent to damage, threats to commit damage, and obstruction of traffic over minimum wage protests between December 25, 2013 and January 13, 2014 in Phnom Penh.

The court on Friday began the trial for the six union leaders, but none attended the hearing and sent their lawyers instead.

During the hearing, the court called upon two police officers who were injured during a clash with demonstrators at the height of the strikes to testify about what happened.

Tim Vuthy, one of the officers, said he was on Veng Sreng Boulevard when demonstrators began throwing stones.

“I demand $10,000 as compensation due to my left eye that was blinded because a stone hit me,” Mr Vuthy said. “I spent about $9,000 for medical treatment in Vietnam.”

Full story in Monday’s paper

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