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Bangladesh garment workers in violent protests

ABC Radio Australia |  By Liam Cochrane | June, 19 2012 |  Share  | Source Article

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The workers - who are reported to receive the lowest garment sector wages in the world - were demanding a 50 per cent pay hike and subsidised food to manage the rising cost of living.

But the riots have reportedly got out of hand with tear gas and rubber bullets being used to disperse the protesting workers.

Twenty three garment workers have also been arrested on charges of vandalism.

The president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, said factories could not operate in the climate of "fear and lawlessness".

He said plants would reopen only once the government ensured enough security.