Al Jazeera America – Renee Lewis

HM Cambodia
On Jan. 17, Brooklyn-based Khmer-American artist Kat Eng, dressed as a factory worker, sat on the sidewalk in front of an H&M retail store — which sources some of its clothing from Cambodian garment factories.Eng sewed dollar bills to bring light to the fact that Cambodian garment workers make less than $3 per day.The activist said her silent performance was also a response to the violent government crackdown on the workers’ protests in early January.“The murder of at least four people was an unacceptable act of state violence, and I personally had to respond,” Eng told Al Jazeera. “What they’re fighting against is a system of exploitation — it’s important to know that their labor, their health and their lives are the real price of cheap clothing.”

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