Cambodia’s Monks Join Battle Over Raising Minimum Wage

Cambodian Buddhist monks stand together as they participate in a garment workers strike in front of a factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Jan. 2 Photograph by Heng Sinith/AP Photo

But Buntenh, a 34-year-old Cambodian monk, is in hiding. Since last week’s crackdown on striking garment workers and supporters of the opposition political party in Phnom Penh, he’s been sleeping in the spare rooms of like-minded non-governmental organizations. He was briefly detained by police and then released on Jan. 2. Now he keeps on the move. The organization he founded—the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ)—doesn’t have a fixed office anyway.

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