From police officials to a government spokesman, the message was clear last week: The shooting dead of Eng Sokhom, a 49-year-old food vendor, and the injuring of nine others during violent clashes in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district was in the service of protecting the state. Police have denied responsibility for shooting the street food vendor dead. –News Analysis But the casualties caused by police bullets during the violent garment factory protest have raised questions about state-sanctioned killing, and who bears responsibility for the slaying of innocent civilians. “If they show violence against authorities, it’s against state
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