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11 Aug 2022


Cambodia: As a labour dispute between Naga World and employees drags on, union's strike turns violent

"LRSU Strikers Beaten by Authorities", 11 August 2022

A union striker was punched in the face by a uniformed officer, and left briefly unconscious and bleeding from a gash on her nose, after authorities violently stopped around 80 strikers from walking to the front of NagaWorld casino this afternoon.

The violence occurred as strikers from the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees of NagaWorld (LRSU) sought to move past metal barricades that authorities set up to block them from accessing the area in front of the casino. Around 80 police and mixed security forces then began violently hitting, kicking, stomping on and shoving back the mostly women union members to stop them from passing the barricades.

…, authorities violently pushed several protesting LRSU unionists to the ground in the same area of central Phnom Penh as strikers attempted to walk to the NagaWorld casino.

LRSU members have been regularly protesting near the casino complex … to call for the reinstatement of unjustly fired unionists and fair severance for other dismissed workers. Protesting union members have faced arrest, imprisonment, fines, violence and sexual harassment by authorities over the past seven months. Eleven union members spent up to more than two months in pre-trial detention before being released …, and continue to face years in prison if convicted of spurious charges.