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Migrant workers from SEA rally over Hong Kong working conditions

Published on Dec 16, 2012 5:31 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - About a thousand migrant domestic workers from South-east Asia rallied in Hong Kong on Sunday to mark International Migrants Day and push for better working conditions and higher wages.

The atmosphere was festive as the protesters, mostly from Indonesia and the Philippines, sang and shouted slogans at the government headquarters, according to an AFP photographer.

The march coincided with International Migrants Day set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 when it adopted a resolution protecting the rights of migrant workers and family members.

"The government is trying very hard to exclude Asian migrant workers from equal benefits," Ms Eni Lestari from Indonesia, a spokeswoman for the rally organisers Asia Migrants Coordinating Body, told AFP.

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