Striking Cambodian casino workers ordered home after Omicron detected

Authorities are accused of using the pandemic as an excuse to end the seven-week dispute after arrest warrants were issued.

Authorities have ordered at least 200 striking casino workers to remain home and immediately halt all protests outside the NagaWorld entertainment complex after 29 protesters tested positive for the Omicron strain of Covid-19.

The order to halt all protests was delivered by the Phnom Penh Commission to Combat Covid-19 and warned protesters risked fines and imprisonment if they did not obey pandemic rules.

“Should protesters be defiant and continue to assemble for rallies, which could be a catalyst for a community outbreak of Covid-19, the individuals causing trouble – by not following the health and administrative measures – will be legally responsible. No excuses,” it said.

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