Striking Cambodian casino workers injured in crackdown

Petitions for government negotiations fall on deaf ears as strike drags on.

At least 10 people were injured in Phnom Penh after hundreds of security guards were deployed around the NagaWorld casino and attempted to disperse striking workers who have protested at the site since Christmas.

One worker, Chan Srey Roth, told Radio Free Asia that a security officer hit her on the head with a walkie-talkie and repeatedly insulted her during the incident and “grabbed male workers by the hair and smashed their heads” against the side of a police vehicle.

“They are members of the national security forces whose duty is to protect the people, not to use violence against them, particularly against women,” she said. “We raised our hands, begging them not to beat us, but they did so anyway, ordering us to disperse.”

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