U.S. condemns violence in Cambodia, urges restraint

January 4, 2014 11:03 am 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 — The United States on Friday condemned violence in Cambodia and urged all sides to exercise restraint after police opened fire on striking workers, killing three.

"We condemn violence as a means to achieve political or other objectives and urge all sides to exercise maximum restraint and show respect for the rule of law," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters at a press briefing.

The bloody clash, which killed three and left several others injured, broke out on Friday when about 2,000 garment workers were protesting on the outskirts of Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

It is the fourth clash within a week between the authorities and the protesters demanding higher wages.

The U.S. deeply regrets the loss of life and urged workers, unions and the Cambodian government to work together towards a peaceful resolution of labor disagreements, Harf said.

The U.S. is engaging the government, businesses and workers organizations on the issue, the spokeswoman added.(PNA/Xinhua)

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