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Bangladesh: Thousands Protest After Spate Of Deadly Factory Fires

BBC NEWS (UK), NBC (USA), TIMES OF INDIA (India), REUTERS

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DHAKA – Two days after a blaze killed more than 110 textile workers in the country’s capital Dhaka, fire broke out in a second clothes factory in Bangladesh, on Monday, sending thousands onto the streets on Monday to protest against highly unsafe working conditions.

The new blaze reportedly started on the third floor of a 12-floor building, but was later contained. Although there are no reports of any deaths so far, the police said they did not know how many people were in the building, BBC News reports.

Sunday's huge blaze at Tazreen factory in Dhaka, in which at least 111 people are thought to have died, was Bangladesh's worst-ever factory blaze.

According to NBC, thousands of angry Bangladeshi workers took to the streets of Dhaka’s industrial suburb of Ashulia, on Monday, blocking a major highway, throwing stones at factories and smashing vehicles, as they demanded that those responsible for the disaster be punished, and that safety standards and working conditions be improved.

"This disastrous fire incident was a result of continuing neglect of workers' safety and their welfare," Amirul Haque Amin, president of Bangladesh's National Garment Workers Federation, told Reuters.

The owner of the Tazreen factory, Delwar Hossain, said that the cause of the fire was not yet known but he denied his premises were unsafe, the Times of India reports.

 

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