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RMG workers again on rampage

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Jun '06
At an industrial belt at Dhaka Export Processing Zone at Savar, about 35 km from Dhaka city, nearly 100 workers of garment industry and 10 policemen were injured on Sunday last, in a series of clashes.

Workers of four closed factories in DEPZ staged demonstrations in front of the factories on finding their factory-gates locked.

They prodded nearby factory workers to join them but the later with the police appearing on the scene and a clash with the former group, culminated in a riot like situation.

Policemen later charged batons on the rioting workers and drove them out of the boundaries of the high-security zone.

Similar situation arose at the new EPZ zone.

Later, the workers banded together on the Nabinagar-Kaliakoir road and started damaging over 50 cars and blocked traffic on the busy road for three hours.

Policemen had to charge baton and fire teargas shells to disperse the protesters.

At least 10 policemen were injured in the clashes as the workers threw brickbats on them.

Demanding better wages, payment of salary arrears and other benefits the textile workers near Dhaka have been setting several factories on fire and have damaged over 250 others.


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