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Cambodia Labor Leader Vichea Fatally Shot

A prominent Cambodian labor leader affiliated with the country’s main opposition party was shot to death on a street Thursday, the latest in a series of suspected political killings of critics of the ruling party. Chea Vichea, president of the Cambodian Free Trade Union of Workers, was shot at least twice in the chest at a newsstand, said Va Sothy, who owned the business. “There were two assailants. One was waiting on a motorcycle and the other walked toward him and shot him two or three times” from a distance of two feet, she said. Chea Vichea, 39, helped organize unions at garment factories and negotiate labor disputes. He was closely associated with the opposition Sam Rainsy Party and was frequently seen at the party’s Phnom Penh headquarters. Full Story

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