Monks, Boeung Kak villagers, union representatives and the families of victims shot dead during clashes between striking garment workers and military police on January 3 yesterday held a ritual for those killed.
Som Thai, 50, the mother of 26-year-old victim Sam Ravy said she was furious that authorities had taken no responsibility for shooting her son, a Chinese translator at the Yuming Da garment factory.
Khat Somneang, the wife of victim Kem Phalleap, 26, said she had warned her husband not to protest due to the possibility of violence.
“A day before the incident, my husband called and told me that workers in his factory were protesting for $160 per month and he had also joined them since it was for the benefit of all workers. I [said] not to stand out too much.… He told me that police might not use their weapons again. But in the end, they shot him dead, leaving me and our child,” she said.