Hundreds of unionists, workers, community representatives and monks gathered throughout the country today to call for the release of the 21 still imprisoned. Photo: Community Legal Education Center
The world tells Cambodia to free the other 21, as two are released
Today was #freethe23 day for trade unionists around the world, and it ended with the news that two of the twenty-three textile workers jailed in Cambodia after the strikes at the end of last year have walked free. So the struggle continues, and 16 of the remaining prisoners have started a hunger strike.
Demonstrations have taken place in Brussels, Canberra, Dhaka, Geneva, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington D.C. In London, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady sent a letter to the Cambodian Ambassador after requests for a meeting were ignored, and our friends at Labour Behind the Label set up a virtual action page so that everyone could send a message to the Embassy.Jyrki Raina, General Secretary of the IndustriALL global union federation that covers textile workers, said:
“The message to the Cambodian authorities is clear. We will not stop until all the workers are released. The action by the global union movement today has proven that the plight of Cambodian garment workers is supported the world over.”