Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Four more arrested in Bavet: org

Four more arrested in Bavet: org

Police hold a group of people arrested during garment worker protests in Bavet earlier this month.
Police hold a group of people arrested during garment worker protests in Bavet earlier this month. Photo supplied

Four more arrested in Bavet: org

A rights group claimed yesterday that four additional people have been arrested over recent violent garment worker protests in the Svay Rieng province town of Bavet, although police officials vigorously denied the claim.

Provincial Licadho coordinator Nouth Bopinnaroath said three people, including one woman, were arrested on Monday and a fourth person, a driver, was arrested yesterday.

“No charges have been filed against any of them,” he said, citing a woman who heard the news from her village chief.

The arrests would bring up the tally of arrested workers to 15, up from the 11 currently known to be in detention.

But provincial penal police chief Koy Sopheap denied the report. “There were no such arrests . . . Nouth Bopinnaroath disseminated incorrect information; where did he get this information that police arrested four more workers?”

Thousands of garment workers across two special economic zones in Bavet began striking on December 16 over the minimum wage, with police and protesters clashing repeatedly. Both sides alleged violence.

Workers returned to work peacefully this week, overseen by a heavy police presence.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Takeo hand-woven silk items provide local high-quality alternative to imports

    After graduating from university and beginning her career as a civil servant at the the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Khieu Sina found time to establish a business that aligns with her true passion – quality hand-woven Khmer goods. Her product line, known as Banteay Srei,

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • 11th Chaktomuk Short Film Festival draws to close

    Cambodia's 11th Chaktomuk Short Film Festival wrapped up successfully on November 28 after a four-day run, with the film “Voice of the Night” awarded top prize for 2022. Sum Sithen, the organiser of the short film festival, told The Post that the number of attendees to the