Bangladesh garment workers, police clash; 1 dead

December 12, 2010 11:12


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CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh — Police on Sunday stated that garment workers demanding higher wages clashed with police at an industrial zone in southeastern Bangladesh, leaving one worker dead and 100 others hurt.

Police official Reza Al Hasan said authorities fired tear gas and rubber bullets Sunday after thousands of workers attacked factories and smashed vehicles at the Chittagong Export Processing Zone.

Hasan said one worker died but did not describe how the death occurred.

The clashes involved a South Korean company which suspended work at its 13 garment factories late Saturday after workers attacked the facilities.

The industrial zone houses about 70 foreign companies that mainly manufacture garments, shoes and bicycles.

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