Bangladesh police kill textile workers

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From Al Jazeera:

Bangladesh workers riot over pay

At least two people have been killed and scores injured in clashes between textile workers and police in Bangladesh, police have said.

The violence broke out as workers protested over unpaid salaries in the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, on Saturday.

“Law-enforcers had to fire rubber bullets from shot guns to disperse the workers who hurled stones and bricks at our officers,” Shafiqul Alam, a police inspector, said.

Why did Inspector Shafiqul Alam not just say, factually, that police “fired rubber bullets”? Why did he say that they “had to fire rubber bullets”? Granted, this police spokesperson is hardly alone in using this ideological euphemism. Police spokespeople in many countries do so. Even worse, theoretically “fair and balanced media” use this euphemism as well, whenever police kill people.

“So far two people have died.”

Workers coming to work at the Nippon Garments factory north of Dhaka found a notice at the gate saying authorities were closing the factory for a month, citing losses and falling orders.

Angry protest

They then took to the streets to protest, and police said as many as 15,000 people were involved in the protests.

Maleka Begum, a police official, said at least 100 workers and a number of police officers were injured in the clashes.

The protesters were demanding three months’ back pay, she said.

See also here. And here.

A gay Bangladeshi couple have been battling to gain citizenship in Australia for 10 years. The Refugee Review Tribunal knocked back their claims three times, and three times a higher court has overturned the rulings: here.

Union leaders demanded on Sunday that textile bosses compensate the families of more than 20 workers killed in Bangladesh’s latest garment factory fire: here.

Bangladesh: Factory fire kills 21 garment workers: here.

3 thoughts on “Bangladesh police kill textile workers

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    United States A judge has sentenced a former US Agency for International Development adviser to six-and-a-half years in prison for sexually abusing a child while working in Bangladesh.

    William Rudd was also placed on 10 years of probation and ordered to pay $15,000 (£10,400) in compensation at a hearing on Monday in Santa Ana, California.

    According to court documents, an investigation of Mr Rudd turned up reports of abuse of additional victims.


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