In the line between riots and armed forces

Another terrifying moment as a journalist in Cambodia, I witnessed the violence during the minimum wage protest in Phnom Penh on January 3rd, 2014. At least five protesters were shot to death and dozens of them were beaten up near one of the biggest garment factory industry areas in Phnom Penh.

I was caught in the middle of violence in Phnom Penh on January 3rd with my journalist friend. Luckily, we were not beaten up, but four men, who hid behind us, might not be that lucky. As military police arrived, the explosion of smoke grenades and gun fire could be heard everywhere. Even though, they claimed as citizens and pedestrians, the four men were chased away from journalists. As results, we had ours articles on the New York Times and Al Jazeera’s website later, but what about them?

Below are some of the best photos that I took from the violence scene.


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