From: The Stream

Beyond Cambodia’s garment protests

Could Cambodia’s striking garment workers be the foot soldiers of political change?

Buddhist monks join a protest of Cambodian garment workers during a rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 30 December 2013. (EPA/KHEM SOVANNARA)

Are deadly strikes at Cambodia’s Nike, Puma and Adidas factories about more than better wages? Garment workers are at the center of mass protests calling for social and political change. But in a country ruled by the same man for 29 years, can they make a difference? Join the conversation at 19:30 GMT.

Kounila Keo @Kounila
Blogger and New Media Consultant
Mu Sochua @MuSochua
Member of Parliament elect
Ou Virak @OuVirak
President of the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights 
Athit Kong 
Vice President of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union
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