By  on March 30, 2012

Protests by garment industry workers in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh turned violent this week as at least three women were attacked, allegedly by security forces, workers' rights advocates said.

According to Mouen Tola, head of the Labor Program Unit at the Community Legal Education Centre, the three women were members of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democratic Unions (C.CAWDU), the largest union at Win Shingtex, a Hong Kong-owned factory, and were marching from their factory to the Ministry of Labour. The incident occurred Tuesday. Local media have reported that Win Shingtex produces apparel for J.C. Penney Co Inc. A J.C. Penney spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

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