Previous strike over conditions at Cambodia factory
The Phnom Penh Post, a Cambodian daily newspaper, reported on March 22nd that workers from the Wing Star Shoes plant had stopped work and blocked a main road for about an hour in a protest over wages and working conditions.
Strikes over pay and poor working conditions are common in Cambodia, which like Bangladesh is home to numerous factories producing clothing cheaply for Western retailers.
Prince Sisowath Thomico, a royal family member who also was Norodom Sihanouk's assistant, said his death was "a great loss to Cambodia," adding that he had dedicated his life "for the sake of his entire nation, country and for the Cambodian people."
Sihanouk's successor, Norodom Sihamoni, is expected to fly to Beijing on Monday to retrieve his father's body, Thomico said.
Cambodian government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said an official funeral will be held once the former King's body is repatriated.