50 hurt in Bangladesh as police, workers clash

Bangladesh police clash with garment workers seeking better wages; 50 injured

Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Sunday to disperse thousands of garment workers who blocked streets outside Bangladesh's capital to demand that factory owners raise their minimum wage in a country that is hugely dependent on the textile industry.

At least 50 people were injured in the clashes outside Dhaka, police said.

The workers were demanding that their minimum monthly wage be increased to 8,114 takas ($100), up from the current 3,000 takas ($38), police official Abul Kalm Azad said. The workers attacked some factories and torched a van, he said.

Factory owners are unwilling to increase the wage beyond 3,600 takas ($45), according to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

Bangladesh earns about $20 billion a year from exports of garment products.

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