On August 5, 2011 the Angkor Beer promotion women agreed to suspend their strike for one week and return to work while Phnom Penh’s deputy governor works to resolve the dispute with the company. The 30+ women had been on strike since July 25th, prior to their meeting with Pa Socheatvong and other municipal officials.
August 2nd saw an escalation in the intensity of the protests by the women. Traffic along Norodom Blvd was halted in front of the Cambrew headquarters as the strikers lit tires on fire, causing the whole road to be filled with smoke. As the police extinguished the flames, 3 women fainted from smoke inhalation. Another beer promoter was hospitalized after being “struck by a company minivan”. This was not the first occasion on which the company has failed to account for the safety of the women. Below is footage from July 25th as an Angkor van driver alarmingly pushes through a group of women demonstrating in front his path:
To justify his actions, the driver stated: “I am a very busy man.”