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Record Protests Sweep Bangladesh

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50,000 garment workers demanding higher pay flooded the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh Saturday, and 20,000 shut down dozens of factories by walking off the job, in the largest demonstrations to ever sweep the notoriously dangerous and low-wage Bangladesh garment industry. The protests continued on Sunday, with workers and their supporters blocking traffic, marching along a key highway, and clashing with police who shot rubber bullets and tear gas at crowds of thousands …
Nazma Akter, president of the United Garments Workers’ Federation: “We want these jobs with dignity, with safe working conditions, decent wages, and a voice in the workplace, and a unionized work place.”

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