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Chinese woman's 'forced kowtow' to Cambodian king's portrait, public angry

By Guo Kai (Global Times)

09:04, October 25, 2012

A handcuffed Chinese woman (R) kowtows as she apologizes in front of a portrait of the late former King Norodom Sihanouk at a garment factory in Phnom Penh on Monday. At least 1,000 Cambodian workers surrounded the factory to demand that the Chinese woman apologize after she had torn up Norodom's portrait.

Pictures showing a Chinese woman who tore up former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk's photos being forced by Cambodian police to kneel down in front of the king's portrait have triggered controversy among the Chinese public.

Although the Chinese government Tuesday expressed support for Cambodian authorities in holding the woman responsible for breaking local laws, some said making a Chinese citizen kowtow before a foreign king was illegal and too much to bear.

According to Xinhua, the woman, surnamed Wang, a production manager at a garment factory in Phnom Penh, used scissors to cut up two portraits of Norodom Sihanouk while workers mourned the former king, who passed away on October 15 in Beijing.

After the incident, around 1,000 workers walked to the Royal Palace demanding she be punished. The woman was then handed over to local authorities, media reports said.

A local court sentenced Wang to a suspended one-year jail term and fined her $750. She is also facing deportation.

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