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Siem Reap protesters make divine appeal

Protesting Victoria Angkor staff pray for the provincial court to drop an injunction against them in Siem Reap yesterday.
Protesting Victoria Angkor staff pray for the provincial court to drop an injunction against them in Siem Reap yesterday. Thik Kaliyann

Siem Reap protesters make divine appeal

About 80 protesters from Siem Reap’s five-star Victoria Angkor Resort gathered in front of a local shrine yesterday to pray for the provincial court to cancel an injunction released on January 6 ordering them to stop demonstrating at the hotel’s entrance.

"Seeking help from the sacred statues is the last resort for us, because we have no more trust in authorities or the court," said Morm Rithy, president of the Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers Federation, as he stood in front of the shrine to Preah Ang Chek and Preah Ang Chorm.

The workers have been protesting to reinstate 17 employees, who they claim were unfairly dismissed following union elections last year, and for the firing of the hotel’s general manager, whom they blame for the dismissals.

In December, the Arbitration Council ruled that 11 of the fired workers be reinstated and the rest offered compensation, an order which remains unmet by the hotel.

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