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07:07 ICT May 1

international workers' day - plans and key locations

Good morning and welcome to our coverage of International Workers’ Day. In anticipation of today’s celebrations, authorities yesterday closed off Freedom Park, where some of the events are scheduled to take place. Razor wire, caged trucks and fences were put in place to block a small gathering and the park has since been inaccessible to the public.

Since January 4, 2014 when a ban on all public gatherings and marches was announced by the Ministry of Interior there have been regular attempts to demonstrate in Freedom Park and other parts of the city. Many of them have been prevented by authorities using violence.

As of last night, groups were still calling for people to assemble at the park, however, unions have also announced an alternative plan to gather at the National Assembly from where they will march to the headquarters of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

Also this morning, CNRP leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha plan to visit the Canadia Industrial Park on Veng Sreng Road to commemorate the deaths of the men who were killed there on January 3, during violence between striking garment workers and the authorities.

Updated at 07:11 ICT

07:13 ICT May 1

Barricades and razor wire remained in place overnight at Freedom Park.

07:17 ICT May 1

In front of the Canadia Industrial Park on Veng Sreng Road, arrangements are being made for the ceremony to commemorate the workers who were killed there on January 3. Workers are beginning to gather and CNRP leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha are due to arrive at 8am.

Updated at 07:18 ICT

07:23 ICT May 1

Entry to the road in front of the National Assembly, where unions had planned to gather, has just been blocked with fences.

07:34 ICT May 1

Mu Sochua has arrived in front of the Canadia Industrial Park on Veng Sreng Road and is addressing a crowd of about 250 workers.

Updated at 07:35 ICT

07:40 ICT May 1

Around the corner from the National Assembly, where unions were due to gather this morning, a small group of mostly female workers is standing and holding signs which say that labour is good for the nation and that the government should take care of its people's welfare.

Updated at 07:41 ICT

07:44 ICT May 1

Freedom Park remains blocked by large barricades but workers are beginning to gather on the roads just outside the park.

Freelance journalist Abby Seiff is at the park watching as people gather.

07:49 ICT May 1

The crowd at Freedom Park is growing slowly but steadily. As people arrive, they are met by a heavy police presence.

Updated at 07:51 ICT

08:02 ICT May 1

Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha arrive at Veng Sreng Road

CNRP leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha have arrived in front of the Canadia Industrial Park on Veng Sreng Road for the ceremony to commemorate the workers killed there on January 3.

08:11 ICT May 1

show of force on Veng Sreng road

Hundreds of military police have left their Phnom Penh headquarters and are walking on Veng Sreng Road towards the CNRP event at which the party leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha are holding a ceremony to commemorate workers' deaths on January 3.

The military police are currently keeping their distance. Armed soldiers from Brigade 70 are also patrolling the road in military trucks.

Freelance journalist Kevin Doyle is on site.

Updated at 08:26 ICT

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