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US urges 'restraint' in Cambodia after violence

Published on Jan 4, 2014 6:09 AM
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Cambodian military police arrest protesters during a garment workers protest to demand higher wages in front of a factory in Phnom Penh on Jan 3, 2014. The United States (US) on Friday appealed for peaceful dialogue and denounced violence in Cambodia after police opened fire on protesting garment workers, killing three people. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) on Friday appealed for peaceful dialogue and denounced violence in Cambodia after police opened fire on protesting garment workers, killing three people.

"The United States deeply regrets the recent loss of life in Cambodia during violent clashes between protesters and government security forces," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

"We condemn violence as a means to achieve political or other objectives and urge all sides to exercise maximum restraint and show respect for the rule of law," Ms Harf said.

The deaths in Cambodia followed clashes between striking workers armed with sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails and police in the Veng Sreng factory district of Phnom Penh.

 
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