Asia-Pacific

Jan 16, 2014

After years of torture, glimmers of political hope for Cambodia

Opposition political forces against Cambodian PM-cum-dictator Hun Sen are growing. But the Cambodian National Rescue Party has its own problems to be a real hope for a long-tortured people.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

On January 2, just over five months after a general election in Cambodia that independent observers and the main opposition party say was rigged, the country’s Prime Minister-cum-dictator Hun Sen signalled in his usual, unsubtle way that it was time for rising protests from all quarters to cease.

He set military thugs on striking underpaid sweatshop workers on the outskirts of the ramshackle capital Phnom Penh, injuring dozens and arresting almost as many. A day later police rammed the point home, shooting four protesters dead. You don’t get to run a country as you please for almost 29 years by playing nice.

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  1. AR

    The $5 billion garment industry employs 500,000 people” – wow, $10K per employee! Wonder how how much the seamstresses take home?

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