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U.N. criticizes alleged brutality by Cambodian authorities

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Recent labor clashes in Cambodia, involving alleged police brutality, must be investigated, a United Nations spokesman said Friday.

Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, voiced concern over the violent clashes between police and striking garment workers Nov. 12 in the Stung Meanchey district of Phnom Penh.

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"One bystander was shot dead and many others seriously injured during the clashes ... involving demonstrators, civilians who were not initially taking part in the protest, and armed municipal forces and gendarmerie forces," Colville said.

He added the U.N. office was "following up with the concerned authorities and urging them to launch a prompt and thorough investigation."

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