Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Clashes Near Meanchey Pagoda; 1 Dead, 7 Injured, Monks Arrested

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
November 12, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Clashes between police and residents of Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Tuesday led to arrests, a death, and at least seven people getting injured.

Lauren Crothers of Cambodia Daily was covering the situation, which she said started as a garment workers protest near Meanchey Bridge and quickly escalated.

Crothers reported that some police officers were being held in a room inside the pagoda, while police officers outside in riot gear began firing rubber bullets and throwing tear gas canisters.

Meanwhile, the protesters were hurling rocks at the police, who were preparing to storm the pagoda.

Police were also utilizing a water cannon, reported the Phnom Penh Post, while at least one police car was overturned and in flames by the protestors.

The woman who died was shot in the chest and is going to be cremated, though the woman was a 49-year-old rice vendor who was not involved in the protest, her husband told Chad Williams of the Post.

Crothers also tweeted a picture (her whole account was via Twitter) of a group of monks being arrested.

Story developing; check back for updates

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.