Thursday, July 01, 2010

Children beaten by Bangladeshi police as they join garment workers' strike

A Bangladeshi policeman appears to be about to hit a child during clashes with garment workers in Dhaka. Photograph: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images
Jason Burke in Delhi, for the Guardian News UK (Wednesday June 30th), reports on police repression of strikes, including children in Bangladesh. The article begins:

Police in Bangladesh using bamboo staves, teargas and water cannon fought with textile workers demanding back pay and an immediate rise in monthly wages on the streets of Dhaka today.

Witnesses said at least 30 people, mainly workers producing garments for global brands, were injured. Pictures showed children apparently being beaten. Ten policemen were also hurt.

Although there has been violence for several weeks, today saw workers erecting barricades, pelting police with stones and attacking cars. Police described the fighting as the worst yet seen.
[Read the complete article at the Guardian News site]

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