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Bangladesh Factories Shut amid Workers’ Protests

26 September 2013

Police in Bangladesh used batons, rubber bullets and tear gas on Wednesday to stop ongoing protests by garment workers demanding higher wages, while factory owners feared they may miss shipments to the United States and Europe. The fifth day of protests forced authorities to close more than 100 factories for the day, police and news reports said. After a three-day work suspension in the wake of the protests, authorities attempted to resume operations in the factories on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the efforts failed. The workers are demanding 8,114 takas ($100) instead of the current monthly minimum wage of 3,000 takas ($38), which is the lowest in the world.—AP