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6 Feb 2022

Mech Dara and Michael Dickison, VOD

Cambodia: Naga World union members arrested on potential charges of 'obstructing COVID-19 measures'; four women strikers face arrest

"Four More NagaWorld Protesters Face Arrest Under Covid-19 Law", 6 February 2022

Phnom Penh police ... disseminated four more arrest warrants against NagaWorld protesters for obstructing official measures, explaining that they were for Covid-19 Law violations.

They come after the arrests of at least two protesters ...

Casino workers have been protesting almost every day since December 18 in relation to mass layoffs last year that they say targeted unionists.

..., the Health Ministry ordered all protesters to be tested for Covid-19, but the protesters resisted until late Saturday afternoon, with some saying health measures were being applied inconsistently to suppress the protests. Health officials told the protesters that they would have to self-isolate at home even if they tested negative.

Some 255 workers were tested ... — leading to four positive tests, according to the workers — and testing resumed at 9 a.m. on Sunday...

According to the union, six unionists were detained by police after leaving the testing site ..., with three of them released later that night.

Police confirmed only two of the Saturday arrests, while posting an image online of the Covid-19 Law’s Article 11 — a crime of obstructing measures that can be punished by six months to three years in jail, or two to five years if it leads to infections or serious public health impacts.

San Sokseyha, a Phnom Penh police spokesperson, said the police were only implementing court orders but would not say what the four workers had done to break the Covid-19 law...