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Bangladeshi Garment Workers Set Factory Ablaze


Police in Bangladesh say textile workers set a factory ablaze, in a third day of large-scale demonstrations over wage cuts.

Officials say thousands of angry garment-industry workers armed with sticks and stones gathered Monday in Ashulia,an industrial zone just outside the capital. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesting workers.

Authorities said at least two people have been killed and about 100 injured in the three days of protests and clashes between workers and police.

A demonstrator was killed in clashes Sunday as protesters denounced Saturday's shooting death of a fellow demonstrator.

Police 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.

Matiur Rahman Chowdhury has more on the story.

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