Monday, May 9, 2011
Yesterday was so busy I didn't have time to fart let alone post a blog piece. Today is equally hectic. In the main, I try to be positive about the amazing country I live in but I have to say how really really crap it is to see pictures of injured women, after being beaten by baton-wielding riot police at anytime, but when it's workers who've been diddled out of their benefits by the fat-walleted garment factory owners already and then they get a beating for getting together to protest about it and end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, that's really crass. In a lot of cases, the garment factories treat their employees with disdain at the best of times and the police just add to the injustice by treating them even worse. They have no compunction about laying into a group of women, whether it's with electric batons or as the case yesterday, firing their guns into the air to intimidate, and then using the batons indiscriminately. The police reaction; "They cannot block the street on which all VIP people are travelling." So the answer is to fire into the air, beat the crap out of them and deliberately drive motorbikes into the crowd. That is Cambodian policing. And it is happening on a regular basis. Someone in charge has got to address this situation before someone gets killed, because it's only a matter of time before that happens. It was only recently that an elderly grandmother in her 70s was beaten in similar fashion. And she won't be the last.