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10,000 Bangladeshi Workers Riot Over Soaring Food Prices, Matia Fails to Procure Rice for Her

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Bangladeshi officials say about 10-thousand textile workers have rioted near the capital, Dhaka, in response to soaring food prices.

The officials say the Bangladeshi workers fought with police who tried to break up the protests. Dozens of people were injured. A police official says most of them were policemen.

Officials say the Bangladeshi garment workers are demanding better wages to help them cope with higher prices of rice and other foods.

The UN food agency warned earlier this week that rising food prices could spark more riots around the world. At least 10 countries have been hit by such riots in recent months including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, the Philippines and Senegal.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization blames the higher food prices on serious shortages of rice, wheat and maize, and the rising cost of oil and shipping.

In another news, our stringer Matiur Rahman Chowdhury says that a prominent Awami League Leader and former food minister Matia Chowdhury lined up for procuring a few kilograms of rice but at the end she could not get get rice from governments OMS program. The former food minister emphasized that the government is failing to bring food within the reach of the common people.



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