Local police in Svay Rieng province Sunday and Monday set up checkpoints along National Road 1 to stop and search vans carrying garment workers back to Phnom Penh from their home villages. Has Naly, deputy police chief in Svay Teap district, said police had set up the checkpoints to search workers’ cars for weapons because they were worried the workers would stage another protest over the minimum wage. “We didn’t stop them from traveling, but we checked their vans to see if they had any weapons,” he said. “We were worried they would bring them to a demonstration.
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