Cambodia: Five people allegedly attack a senior local union leader; motives for the attack are still unknown

Author: Sokun Khut, VOD, Published on: 12 February 2020

"Union Demands Authorities Arrest Union Officer’s Attackers", 11 February 2020

A labor union representing garment factory workers ... demanded authorities find five masked men who attacked a local union officer in Phnom Penh, leaving him bloodied and in need of stitches. 

Soeung Pros, deputy president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union’s (CCAWDU) chapter at the W&D garment factory, was hospitalized ... after the daylight assault in front of the factory...

“CCAWDU would like to condemn the perpetrators and the accomplices, and ask all related authorities including the court to clearly investigate the case to find justice for the victim,” the union said.

Pros, who has led union protests in the past, was attacked from behind during his lunch break by a man wielding a belt and four others. The unionist was knocked to the ground and sustained cuts to his head resulting in three stitches, the statement said...

Pros told ... that while one man beat him with the metal buckle of a belt, another holding a metal bar stood nearby, but didn’t attack him...

Em Pheary, police chief for Steung Meanchey III commune, said authorities received information about the case ... and were looking into it, including checking if there were cameras at the scene...

Cambodian Labor Confederation president Ath Thorn said police were “skilled enough” to arrest the assailants by checking footage from nearby surveillance cameras that could be used as evidence.

He considered the assault against Sros just another threat against the apparel workers’ union stemming from Sros’ previous protests and defense of workers’ rights at the W&D factory...

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Related companies: W & D (Cambodia)