For two days running, students in the Khmer capital, Phnom Penh, have taken to the streets, demonstrating for the release of jailed comrades.
For two days running, students in the Khmer capital, Phnom Penh, have taken to the streets, demonstrating for the release of jailed comrades. The first demonstration was on Friday (31 May) and in both cases, the protesters dispersed after the arrival of military police.
More than 30 teachers and students were jailed on 26 May after a strike for more pay. The strikers said they needed higher wages to combat rising prices. The authorities claim the jailed students and teachers were involved in subversive activities and have threatened to take "necessary strict action" if the trouble continues.
On Friday, five hundred students from a number of high schools, gathered in front of the National Police Headquarters, where their comrades are being detained. They waved banners and chanted anti-Government slogans. However, they left two hours later after police re-inforcements arrived.
The demonstrators also marched to the Education Ministry, where they demanded to see Education Minister Lep Sangkim. However, the Minister refused to meet them.
SYNOPSIS: Five hundred high-school students assembled outside the National Police Headquarters in the Khmer capital Phnom Penh, on Friday and demanded the release of thirty jailed comrades.
The students and teachers were detained -- for alleged subversive activities -- after a strike for higher wages on 26 May.
The demonstrators remained at police headquarters, waving banners and shouting anti-Government slogans for two hours. However, the protest broke up after military police re-inforcements arrived on the scene.