Murder is the response of the Cambodian government to the striking textile
On January 3, 2014, the gathering of the
Cambodia textile industry workers in the city of Phnom Penh was militarily
attacked, killing at least three and injuring
tens of protestors.
After violently turning the protest of the
Cambodian textile workers for pay rises into bloodshed, the Phnom Penh
police “proudly” declared that the security had then been restored!
The Cambodian textile industry, which is
internationally renowned for its high degree of profitability, employs
hundreds of thousands workers in horrendous working conditions, and an
average monthly wage of about €58. Here the Cambodian government and its
police force silence workers to ensure the daily flow of millions of Euros
to the pockets of the multinational companies and national investors.
The Cambodian police and the ruling government
are proud of securing the companies’ profits by injuring and murdering
workers whose only crime was breaking their silence and demanding pay rises
to a meager €116 a month.
The Cambodian working class must not leave
this officially committed crime and murder without an appropriate response.
Not only the murderers and criminals who opened fire on workers and their
ranks, but also the decision makers (the government of the ruling class in
Cambodia), they all must be put on trial. Those injured must receive
appropriate medical treatment, and all workers and their family who suffered
must be compensated.
Supporting the Cambodian textile workers is
the duty of the working class across the world and the working class in
The Hekmatist Patry expresses its deepest
condolences to the bereaved families in Phnom Penh and considers the
struggle of textile workers in Cambodia as its own struggle.
Long live the unity and solidarity of workers
across the world!
of Iran – Hekmatist
January 4- 2014