There have been widespread reports that Cambodian police opened fire on garment factory workers protesting for better conditions in Phnom Penh today, injuring several people. Some reports, as yet unconfirmed, say there have been fatalities.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing protesters in blood-soaked clothes being driven away from the protest site at Cambodia’s Veng Sreng Street.

Cambodia Daily reports:

At least three people were killed this morning when police opened fire on several hundred protesters blocking a street at Canadia Industrial Park in Pur Senchey district, police confirmed.

“So far, three are confirmed dead, two injured and two men were arrested by armed forces,” Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Chuon Narin said shortly after the incident at about 10 a.m.

AP reports:

An Associated Press photographer and human rights workers say police fired rifles Friday morning after several hundred workers blocking a road south of the capital Phnom Penh began burning tires and throwing objects at them. Several wounded workers could be seen after the shots were fired.

Chan Soveth of the human-rights group Adhoc said one person was killed and at least five wounded, but the death could not be immediately confirmed by officials or medical authorities.

@AFP tweeted:

From the Phnom Penh Post Twitter account:

Earlier, journalist Kevin Doyle tweeted:

You can find AP’s report on Thursday’s developments here: Cambodian troops quash protest at garment factory