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Police Promise More Arrests if Koh Kong Protests Persist

A deputy police chief of Koh Kong province on Thursday defended the decision by authorities to arrest four human rights workers and 13 other people during a peaceful protest on Wednesday and said they were prepared to do so again—and next time would not let them go.

Dignitaries break ground on the $3.81 million Cambodian Garment Training Institute inside the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone on Thursday. (Phnom Penh SEZ)
Dignitaries break ground on the $3.81 million Cambodian Garment Training Institute inside the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone on Thursday. (Phnom Penh SEZ)

Garment Sector Training Institute Breaks Ground

Employing some 700,000 Cambodians, the garment sector is the country’s largest private employer. But move above the factory floor and you will find mostly foreigners, from countries such as China, Singapore, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

In Court, Official Denies Clearing Wood Export

A Commerce Ministry official on Thursday denied clearing an allegedly forged letter for the export of luxury-grade wood to Vietnam during the second day of hearing at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in the trial of Taing Sok Ngy, Cambodia’s former deputy consul-general to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Nita: A Short Story

It was just before planting season when father decided I should drop out of school. We’d finished dinner, and mother was putting away the uneaten rice for breakfast. I was looking out the window; somebody’s cow had gotten loose and was wandering between the houses, and the fields beyond the village were turning purple in the dusk. Suddenly, father stood up from where he’d been sitting on the floor, with no shirt on, and said, “Daughter, I want you in the fields with me tomorrow.”

Bittersweet Scars

A painting by Chath Piersath (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The trees bursting with red flowers lining Phnom Penh’s Sihanouk Boulevard—giving a vibrant hue to the view from Java Cafe’s balcony—are reflected in “The Flame Tree of Knowledge,” Chath Piersath’s favorite painting in his current exhibit, “Scar,” showing at Java.

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Bangkok Bombing Suspect Arrested Near Poipet

The chief suspect in the deadly August 17 bombing of Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine was arrested about 500 meters from the Poipet International Checkpoint Tuesday afternoon, according to officials, just hours after Thai media reported that he and another suspect had fled to Cambodia.

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