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Sixteen unions threatened Monday to organize a nationwide strike if the 21 activists and protesters jailed following garment industry protests on January 2 and 3 are not released on bail Tuesday.
In the weeks that 17-year-old garment worker Yon Chea languished in prison, he spent hours staring out of the window at a concrete wall, certain that he would never see his home or his family again.
“What law? No one has ever come to speak to me about that,” said 33-year-old Lim Vannak, scanning the large plastic buckets of corrosive acids she had lined up on the pavement of Phnom Penh’s Street 144 on a recent morning.
Piles of garbage festered on the streets of Phnom Penh on Tuesday as hundreds of workers employed by the city’s refuse collection company, Cintri, continued to strike for higher wages and better working conditions.
Opposition CNRP leader Sam Rainsy is to meet with Cambodian migrant workers during a two-day trip to South Korea later this week, at the end of a European tour that has included stops in Geneva, Brussels and Paris.
The streets of Phnom Penh were quieter than usual Thursday as shops shuttered their doors, children skipped school and adults took a break from work to kick off celebrations for the country’s biggest unofficial holiday—Chinese New Year.
It was a time when Phnom Penh was known as “the pearl of Southeast Asia.” Norodom Sihanouk, an accomplished musician himself, had made the arts a top priority, and music from as far afield as the U.S., France and even Cuba made its mark on Cambodia.
By 1979 and the fall of the Democratic Kampuchea regime, memories of the homegrown rock ‘n’ roll music of the freewheeling 1960s and early 1970s were mostly buried alongside the many who lost their lives. Now, a new documentary film has helped unearth the lost music of pre-revolutionary Cambodia.
Chan Kosal has come a long way since his childhood days spent sifting through trash and busking to a few passersby on the streets of Kompong Chhnang town to earn enough to go to school.
In an isolated house in Kandal province, acid victims from across the country gathered earlier this month for a two-day session of high-octane aerobics, singing and dancing.