Four Injured in Fight Outside Clothes Factory

A brief clash between members of rival unions outside a Phnom Penh garment factory on Friday left four people injured before police could break them apart, local officials said on Sunday.

Saing Nhor, a village chief in Pur Senchey district, said about 250 people were protesting outside the Yorkmars Garment factory and started scuffling with another group of roughly equal number at about noon.

“They had set up loudspeakers and were shouting in front of the factory when the clash happened with another group of workers,” he said.

Police told Mr. Nhor that four people were injured in the melee, but he did not know how severely or what had sparked the fight.

Kakab commune chief Sok El said police stepped in quickly.

“One group went to protest, but they had a problem with another group.

That’s why they fought for a while, but the police were able to stop them,” he said.

Local police could not be reached for comment.

According to the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, the Hong Kong-owned factory employs about 370 people.

sothear@cambodiadaily.com

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