On a frigid January morning, Khmer-American artist Kat Eng sat in the shadow of H&M’s 42,000-square-foot flagship at 4 Times Square, where she toiled over a hand-operated sewing machine as commuters and tourists passed her by. For eight hours, Eng ran green and black thread over two and two-thirds dollar bills, affixed with an H&M clothing tag, in an act of solidarity with the 500,000 Cambodian garment workers who are calling for a living wage. At least four people were killed and 20 others injured in the capital of Phnom Pen earlier this month after police fired on striking workers who demanded a doubling of the $80 minimum wage. Local human-rights group LICADHO described the affair as “the worst state violence against civilians to hit Cambodia in 15 years.”

Source: Ecouterre

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