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Garment Workers Protest Factory Closing in Bangladesh


Several thousand garment workers protesting closure of a factory without notice barricaded the busy Rokeya Sarani in Dhaka. It led to severe traffic congestion on other streets in Mirpur area for almost the whole day.

Workers from around 20 factories staged the demonstration after the authorities closed the factory of SQ Sweaters Ltd in Mirpur following a two-day strike by the factory workers enraged at the death of one of their co-workers. A garment worker was sick and the owners declined to let her leave early. The worker died. Protests ensued.

Matiur Rahman Chowdhury has more on the story.

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