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Bangladeshi Garment Workers' Protest Intensifies


Garment workers demonstrating for higher wages in Bangladesh have set fire to at least seven factories in an industrial area near Dhaka on the second day of the protest.

Violence escalated today after workers learned about the death of one of the hundred people injured in Monday's clashes.

The workers began demonstrating in the Savar district when authorities did not meet their demands for better pay and working conditions. Unrest spread overnight to other areas in and around Dhaka and to other factories.

Mannan Bhuiyan, ruling BNP's Secretary General and Minister for Local Government and Land Reform at a press briefing said he believes there might be conspiracy behind the violence.

US Embassy said that violence and clashes cannot be the way of protest and demonstration.

Industrial officials are calling for the government to increase security at their facilities.

Bangladesh is home to about 25-hundred garment factories, with some two million workers. The country earns about six billion dollars each year from textile exports.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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