Rana Plaza: Workers’ Memorial Day in Bangladesh

April, 27 2016 Share

simplebooklet.comOn April 24, 2016, the three-year anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, hundreds of workers and family members gathered in Savar to mourn the over 1100 workers killed on that day in 2013 and to push for safety reforms in garment factories.

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The Rana Plaza building was constructed on the site of a pond.  The construction permit was for a 5 story commercial building, but the owners built eight floors and stuffed the upper levels with five garment factories and their heavy equipment.  The five factories were producing garments for export to dozens of U.S. and European name brands.

On April 22, 2013 visible cracks appeared in the Rana Plaza’s exterior walls.  The building was evacuated.  But on Wednesday April 24, the workers were ordered back to work.  About an hour later, at 8:45 a.m. the building collapsed with over 3,000 workers inside.  Some 1,134 were killed, over 2,000 severely injured.  Some bodies were never recovered.

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Twelve years ago, the land where Rana Plaza once stood was a pond.  Now, it is a pond again.  On April 24, 2016, co-workers and families gathered to mourn their loved ones who were lost in the collapse.

Mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living!

Click here to read more about the Rana Plaza factory collapse.