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Protest in Phnom Penh

29 December 2013
Protesters in the streets of Phnom Penh
photo Heng Reaksmey on Wikimedia Commons

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, demanding new elections and the step down of prime minister Hun Sen. Hun Sen claimed to have won the elections in July, but his opponents accused him of fraude. Workers from garment factories joined the demonstrators demanding a doubling of the monthly minimum wage to $160 from $80. About 650,000 people work in Cambodia's garment industry. A few days later, the non-violent actions ended in a military crackdown. Four garment workers were shot dead