Gunman fires on Cambodian workers’ strike protest


A gunman injured three young women as he shot into a crowd of a thousand striking garment workers outside the Kaoway Sports factory in Cambodia’s Svay Rieng province today.

Bavet town police chief Keo Kong said the shooting had begun after workers started throwing stones at the factory.

Strikers claimed the gunman was a factory security guard.

Police said they were investigating after the man fled the scene.

The workers have been striking since Friday to demand better working conditions and benefits at the plant, which is located in a special economic zone.

The Taiwanese-owned factory makes footwear for Germany’s Puma brand.

Commerce Ministry statistics show that most of its production is shipped to Europe, especially Germany and Italy.

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