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Bangladeshi Garment Workers Clash with Police


Police in Bangladesh fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesting garment-industry workers near the capital Dhaka Sunday, on the second day of large-scale demonstrations about wage cuts.

Authorities say at least two people have been killed and about 100 injured in two days of protests and clashes between workers and police.Police and witnesses said workers armed with sticks and rocks gathered in Ashulia, an industrial zone just outside the capital to demand unpaid wages and protest salary cuts.

A demonstrator was killed in clashes Sunday as protesters denounced the shooting death Saturday of a fellow demonstrator. Police have said security personnel started shooting when the protesters became violent.

The garment industry is a key part of the Bangladesh economy. Garment factories across the region have been struggling as a result of the global recession.

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