Μπαγκλαντές: Συγκρούσεις εργατών και εργατριών υφαντουργίας με την αστυνομία

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At least 25 people, including a trade union leader, were injured Tuesday in clashes between workers and law enforcers at Chashara in Narayanganj.

The workers of Fuji Knitwear Sweater Factory allegedly blocked the Chashara roundabout, suspending traffic protesting the closure of their factory.

Clashes broke out when police used truncheons on the agitators, as they did not heed police request to clear the street. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse the workers.

Among the injured were Bangladesh Trade Union Centre President Montu Ghosh, Communist Party leader Hafizul Islam, and Gonoshonghoti Andolon leaders Amol Akash and Anjan Das.

Gonoshonghoti Andolon district unit Convener Tariqul Sujon claimed that police, without any provocation, started clubbing the protestors being instructed by BKMEA President Selim Osman.

“Authorities sacked the workers and locked the factory without paying the dues, violating labour law,” he said.

However, Fuji Knitwear Factory Director Delwar Hossain denied the allegation.

Manjur Kader, OC of Narayanganj Sadar Model police station, said police “mildly” charged truncheons on the protesters to free the highway.

Communist Party of Bangladesh denounced the police attack.

Meanwhile, in Dhaka, garment workers Tuesday besieged the BGMEA Bhaban in the city’s Karwanbazar, demanding punishment against their factory owner for his alleged role in hiring local goons to beat up workers.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) said they have negotiated with the workers and promised them to solve the issue through discussion between the workers and the owner in the shortest possible time.