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Authorities warn union leader

Authorities warn union leader

Police on Friday warned labour union leader Pav Sina that if he continues to lead protests – thereby violating the rules of a court order – he will be arrested.

Sina, however, said the meeting failed to intimidate him.

The Collective Union of Movement of Workers leader was called to the Choam Chao commune police station in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district on Friday afternoon. There, Sina said, police warned him if he continued leading protests, like the thousands of striking Chim Li factory workers who marched with him to the National Assembly and Ministry of Labour last week, he will be jailed.

“[Police said] if I did not do what they tell me, I will be arrested one day,” Sina said. “I told them that I am not scared of being arrested and I will not escape to anywhere.”

Sina was placed under court supervision along with other union heads in September when charges stemming from a strike in late December and early January were levied against them by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Choam Chao deputy commune police Chief Loeung Ly said yesterday that police merely advised Sina that the court will respond if he continues to flout its orders.

“If he does something wrong which deviates from the conditions of his court supervision, the court will take action,” Ly said.

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