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Bandith protest delayed for Sihanouk’s funeral

The Free Trade Union has postponed a protest about former Bavet Town Governor Chhouk Bandith, scheduled for January 27, out of respect for King Father Norodom Sihanouk’s funeral, an FTU letter obtained yesterday states.

The protest was planned as a response to the Svay Rieng Provincial Court’s decision to drop charges against Bandith, who wit-nesses say shot three workers at a garment factory last February.

A letter from three union leaders, including FTU president Chea Mony, said the planned protest was too close to the funeral and cremation, which runs from February 1 to 4, and promised a new date next month.

Mony has predicted that more than 10,000 people will demonstrate.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhay Channyda at channyda.chhay@phnompenhpost.com

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