B’desh po­lice break up work­ers protests: one dead

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

DHAKA: A man was killed and some 150 peo­ple were in­jured when po­lice fired tear gas and rub­ber bul­lets to dis­perse wage protests by tex­tile work­ers in the Bangladesh cap­i­tal Dhaka and main port city of Chit­tagong on Sun­day.

Po­lice said a male worker was killed and some 100 were in­jured in Chit­tagong, some 300 km (190 miles) to the south­east of the cap­i­tal Dhaka, while around 50 oth­ers were in­jured dur­ing the vi­o­lence in Dhaka.

"We can so far con­firm death of one male worker," po­lice of­fi­cer Reza Al Ma­sud told re­porters in Chit­tagong.

Po­lice ear­lier said around 4,000 work­ers at­tacked po­lice and van­dal­ized at least 20 ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing set­ting fire to one, in the port city.

An­other 50 peo­ple were in­jured as gar­ments work­ers clashed with po­lice and smashed ve­hi­cles at Kuril in Dhaka. It took po­lice sev­eral hours to bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol.

The vi­o­lence forced some 300 in­dus­trial units, mostly gar­ment fac­to­ries, to close down in the Chit­tagong Ex­port Pro­ces­sion Zone. -Ap

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