100 injured in Bangladesh garment workers' protests / PHOTO

At least 100 people were injured when garment workers attacked factories and vehicles in Bangladesh in a second day of protests.

100 injured in Bangladesh garment workers' protests / PHOTO

 

At least 100 people were injured when garment workers attacked factories and vehicles in Bangladesh on Saturday in a second day of protests to demand higher wages, police and witnesses said.

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Police fired teargas, rubber bullets and used batons to disperse the protesting workers blocking two highways in the suburbs of the capital Dhaka.

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This week the government set the minimum monthly wage to 3,000 taka ($43) but workers are demandinging 5,000 taka.

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Saturday's protests trouble started in Ashulia, an industrial area 30 km (19 miles) north of the capital.

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"Several policemen were also injured, as they clashed with workers, trying to dispel attacks on their vans," said a reporter on the scene.

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Protesters also blocked a highway at Fatulla, 16 km east of Dhaka on Saturday. Most of the garment factories in Dhaka were closed after Friday's unrest.

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Bangladesh-based factories make garments for international brands such JC Penney, Wal-Mart, H&M, Kohl's, Marks & Spencer, Zara and Carrefour.

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Garments account for more than 80 percent of the impoverished country's annual export earnings of $16 billion.

($1 = 69.41 taka)

Reuters

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