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Jailed Bavet workers freed on bail

Garment workers strike over the minimum wage in Svay Rieng province's Bavet town in December. Photo supplied
Garment workers strike over the minimum wage in Svay Rieng province's Bavet town in December. Photo supplied

Jailed Bavet workers freed on bail

Four garment workers arrested in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet town during mass strikes that turned violent in December were released on Tuesday evening.

The four factory employees were charged on December 18 with violence, damage and incitement during two weeks of mass strikes over the minimum wage that saw several clashes with police.

Their names are Van Vicheat, 24, Kong Phros, 27, Pal Dinmalyda, 28, and Kheng Sokha, 31.

“All those men are garment workers and they were charged with destroying factory property and using intentional violence,” said Svay Rieng court administrator Tep Phalla.

“The Svay Rieng appeal court granted them bail on Friday and they were freed on Tuesday.”

A total of 11 workers were arrested during the strikes, leaving 7 still behind bars.

Larry Kao, manager of the Manhattan special economic zone that saw much of the strife, said the release of the four would do little to ease employers’ concerns.

“Every year, this kind of action is taken by some similar group, so if they were released, I’m sure this will increase the worries of investors.”

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