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Cambodia garment factory worker protesters clash with riot police, one dead

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Reuters

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION).

STORY: At least one protester died, five more were injured and about 30 protesters and monks were arrested after a Cambodian garment workers protest turned violent on Tuesday (November 12).

About 1,000 factory workers clashed with riot police whilst trying to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house to demand for higher wages and bonus payments.

The protesters, mostly women were stopped by police who first sprayed turned water cannons on them as protestors threw rocks at them.

The protesters also hijacked a police truck and set it on fire after flipping it over.

Police retaliated with tear gas, and later fired live rounds.

The workers earn a minimum wage of $80 USD per month and are demanding a raise to $150 USD.

A number of protests have been held since August 8, but so far no agreement has been reached.

The deputy president of Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Workers' Democratic Union, Bun Noeun, said many