In Our Hearts will be holding a demo on Monday, January 6th in front of the Cambodian Mission to the UN to protest the brutal military crackdown and murder of striking garment industry workers in Phnom Penh last Friday.
Cambodia is home to a multi-billion dollar garment industry that supplies the likes of Gap, Walmart, Nike, Adidas, H&M. These factories are staffed by thousands of young Cambodians who work long hours for a meager monthly salary of $80. The workers are growing dissatisfied with the safety of working conditions, especially following the fatal factory collapse in May 2013 that killed 3 workers.
Tension has been high in the country since July of 2013 when, despite a strong opposition, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) led by Prime Minister Hun Sen was re-elected after 28 years of power. The legitimacy of the election results have been contested by the opposing Sam Rainsy and the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), who have in turn organized mass protests and demonstrations.
Garment worker unions threw their support behind CNRP demos when Rainsy promised to double monthly wages. When they lost the election, they remained in the streets. Over 500,000 workers are now on strike, demanding better working conditions and a $160 monthly wage. 400 factories have been forced to close operations. Last Friday, the government ordered military police to crack down on protesters with live ammunition, leaving 4 dead and many injured.
Join us to protest this gross abuse of force.
Monday January 6th at Noon @ Cambodian Mission to the UN 327 East 58th St NYC