Cambodia bans music video of police attacking workers in 2014

The song's author was previously jailed for criticizing authorities.

A music video about the violent dispersal of striking garment workers in 2014 was removed on social media after Cambodian authorities threatened to file charges against its producers.

On January 3, 2014, police attacked the strike of workers who were demanding a minimum wage increase. At the end of the day, four workers were killed and dozens were injured, and one has remained missing up to this day.

Human rights group Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights or LICADHO marked the ninth anniversary of the dispersal by releasing a music video featuring video footage of the bloody dispersal of the strike. The song titled “Blood of Workers” was penned by Kea Sokun, a rapper who was detained in 2020 for alleged incitement. It reflected the message of labor and human rights groups that had been campaigning for justice over the past nine years.

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