Striking construction workers arrested in United Arab Emirates


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By Bill Van Auken:

United Arab Emirates: Over 600 construction workers arrested after protest

4 April 2008

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates arrested 625 South Asian construction workers Wednesday after they and others downed tools at their job site, blockaded streets with construction materials and fought a running battle with riot police.

Some 800 workers participated in the protest. They fought back against the police, throwing stones, bricks and other building materials. At least 15 of them, as well as several police, were injured and taken to local hospitals.

The clashes erupted in the al-Nahda district of Sharjah, the third largest of the seven semiautonomous states that make up emirates, which is adjacent to Dubai. Police were called in from Dubai and other parts of the emirates to suppress the Indian, Pakistani, Bengali and Afghani contract laborers who joined the protest.

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  1. Monday 2nd June, 2008

    Six workers buried by cement at construction site near Dubai
    Big News Network.com Monday 2nd June, 2008

    A luxury hotel construction site on the shores of Ajman, a short drive from Dubai, is currently a disaster area.

    Three cranes and scores of rescue workers are busily trying to extricate six Indian workers buried alive by concrete.

    Located in Ajman, a neighboring emirate of Dubai, on the Corniche, the Laguna Beach Hotel, when completed will be Ajman’s newest and most luxurious hotel.

    Construction however, as with most UAE building projects has been slow, despite work proceeding around-the-clock.

    Tragedy struck around 3:00am Monday during a concrete pour on the ground floor. The six workers at the time were involved in the concrete pour. The size of the pour was such that the ground floor collapsed taking the six workers with it into the basement. Wet cement poured into the basement trapping the workers.

    Other workers worked tirelessly to free their trapped mates, all of whom are believed to be in their 20s, however as the concrete began to harden their task became virtually impossible.

    Rescue teams, and civil emergency crews from Ajman and Dubai raced to the scene.

    Shaikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, the Ruler of Ajman, visited the site and expressed shock and dismay at the tragedy.

    Rescue work continued throughout Monday, into the night, and the early hours of Tuesday morning, however hopes of recovering any of the workers alive were fading fast.

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