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Apparel brands express 'deep concern' over Cambodia violence in open letter

Published on Jan 7, 2014 8:03 PM
 
Cambodian soldiers stand guard in front of a factory in Phnom Penh on Jan 4, 2014. A clutch of popular global clothing and accessories brand names have sent an open letter to Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen and his Cabinet expressing "deep concern'' over the violence of last week, when troops fired at rioting garment industry workers killing five and injuring more than 30. -- PHOTO: AFP

A clutch of popular global clothing and accessories brand names have sent an open letter to Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen and his Cabinet expressing "deep concern'' over the violence of last week, when troops fired at rioting garment industry workers killing five and injuring more than 30.

The letter signed by H&M, Gap Inc, Inditex, Puma SE, Adidas Group, Columbia Sportswear Company and Levis Strauss & Co, was also addressed to Cambodian manufacturers and trade unions.

"We strongly oppose all forms of violence," the letter, a copy of which was emailed to The Straits Times, said.

"It is with great concern that we have observed both the widespread civil unrest and the government's use of deadly force.''

 
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