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Motorbikes and tuk-tuks pack the road as Cambodia National Rescue Party supporters take to the streets of Phnom Penh
Motorbikes and tuk-tuks pack the road as Cambodia National Rescue Party supporters take to the streets of Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

CNRP sees allies in strikers

Amid workers walking off the job in protest over the minimum garment wage, opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha last night threw their support behind widespread strikes.

On the 10th day of opposition demonstrations in the capital calling for Prime Minister Hun Sen to either resign or call a snap election, Rainsy and Sokha said that if garment workers strike en masse throughout the country today – as some unions have already begun to do – the climate will benefit the CNRP.

“From tomorrow,” Rainsy said at Freedom Park last night, “the situation for garment workers is going to change – and so is the political situation.

“If civil servants and teachers follow, the [political situation] is going to change even more.”

Sokha said he heard that the government’s decision yesterday to increase the minimum wage by only $15 per month meant workers will strike “throughout the country”.

Rainsy added that the CNRP fully supported workers in their bid to be paid $160 per month.

The opposition leaders spoke after another motorcade through the streets of Phnom Penh yesterday afternoon.

With thousands of supporters, many of them youths, trailing on motorbikes, Rainsy and Sokha travelled in the back of a pick-up truck from near their party office in Tuol Kork, through Sen Sok district towards Veng Sreng road in Dangkor district, an area known for garment factories.

The CNRP parade travelled uninterrupted – save for when the cavalcade was forced to make an unusual stop to allow a cargo train to cross its path in Sen Sok.

Garment workers and street vendors were among those who lined the roadsides to welcome Rainsy and Sokha, who did not speak at length along the way.

Also speaking at Freedom Park, CCU president Rong Chhun warned of “strikes exploding”.

“Please workers, strike throughout the country,” he said. “I also call for civil servants and teachers to strike together.”

Mam Rithy, president of the Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers Federation (CTSWF), made similar calls.

“[Our members] will join if the government cannot resolve the salary issue.”

Long Samnang, a teacher speaking on stage, appealed to all teachers across the country to join the strike.

“We may have taught for more than 10 years and still not have the money to build a house,” he said.

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besdongkk's picture

Susu my Khmer! Fight for a better kingdom! Wipe out hunsen-corruption company, younan slave from our country!From Kampuchea Krom with love!

IsNoGood's picture

Your a kid that have to much time on your hands and no Ideas, democracy is what will kill Cambodia and your hopes of a job. How do you btw think Sam R. has money ?

sy44's picture

Wake up all Khmer people in Cambodia and around the world !!! Start a new chapter in our lives with full democracy Not a one-man show.

Victor's picture

Mr. Hun Sen ruled Cambodia over 28 years and has many chances to do good things for Cambodian people, but he chose not to do it. Under Hun Sen corrupt power, millions of Cambodian people are getting poorer and some of them sold their kids to brothel for survival and some people become a beggar in Thailand. Hun Sen forced hundreds of thousands of Cambodian people out from their land-known as forced eviction. For these reasons, majority of Cambodian people don’t want to vote for him because they don’t like him. Hun Sen commits so many crimes since he volunteered to join the Khmer Rouge and he has a lot of sin—rotten in hell.Because majority of Cambodian people call for change, they did not vote for Mr. Hun Sen/CPP so he did not win the July 28, 2013 election and he robbed it. He did not want to call for the immediate re-election or investigate the election fraud that requested by the opposition Sam Rainsy/CNRP because he knows that he is not going to win---majority supports Rainsy/CNRP.Mr. Hun Sen, please steps down /resigns so someone else can have a chance to lead Cambodia to improve the living conditions there so people there can enjoy and live in peace. Over 28 years of ruling is enough.Hun Sen evicted people; Hun Sen does not pay factory workers enough to meet their living; Hun Sen is a corrupt monster.The People Power will change Hun Sen and his regime for sure at the end because majority of people are fed up with his cruelties as mentioned above.

IsNoGood's picture

Sam r. has never and will never do anything for anybody other them him self. he opportunist and racist.Who after coming back because of some soft NGO's have cursed more trouble in Cambodia than ever before, Pls. go back to your money and homeland "France"Cambodia loosing valuable investment, at the cost of this ego centric person, loosing jobs in the process ones he done he go home as he has done all the other times

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