Συνεχής εργατική αναταραχή στο Μπαγκλαντές


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More than 100 Bangladeshi garment factories were forced to shut on Monday as thousands of workers protested to demand a $100 a month minimum wage and about 50 people were injured in clashes, police and witnesses said.

Garments are a vital sector for Bangladesh and its low wages and duty-free access to Western markets have helped make it the world’s second-largest apparel exporter after China.

But the $20 billion industry, which supplies many Western brands, has been under a spotlight after a series of deadly incidents including the collapse of a building housing factories in April that killed more than 1,130 people.

Workers took to the streets for a third day on Monday, blocking major roads and attacking some vehicles in the Gazipur and Savar industrial zones, on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka.

At least 50 people, including some policemen, were injured, witnesses and police said, as police fired teargas and rubber bullets, and workers responded by throwing broken bricks.

Some workers also vandalised factories, witnesses said.

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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.

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Μπαγκλαντές: Νέες ταραχές σε διαδήλωση για διεκδίκηση οφειλόμενων μισθών


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Dhaka: Hundreds of workers of a readymade garment factory blocked a road in the capital city’s Hatirpool area on Sunday afternoon. The protesters also engaged in clashes with policemen, demanding their wage for August in full, festival bonus and other dues. As the workers took to the Hatirpool road halting the traffic movement, sporadic clashes broke out as policemen tried to disperse the agitated workers. “Although we were told earlier that the authorities would pay us by 5pm, they failed to do so,” said Nazma Ahkter, a worker of TS Fashions. She said when they asked the authorities, they were told that the money, which was drawn from a bank, had been snatched away by a gang of muggers in the capital’s Paribagh. “As the news of the money being snatched was spread among the workers, we came down to the road,” she said. Kalabagan police station officer-in-charge Enamul Haq said they resorted to charging batons to free the roads. A gang of muggers allegedly took Tk3m from Mozammel Haque, the owner of TS Fashions, soon after he drew the amount from a branch of a commercial scheduled bank in the capital’s Paribagh area.

Shahbagh police arrested Mozammel’s driver Azizul Huq in this connection.

Για την κρατική βία στο Μπαγκλαντές

Η περίπτωση του Μπαγκλαντές είναι ενδεικτική για την κατεύθυνση που παίρνει η κρατική βία σε όλα τα κράτη, ανάλογα με τις ιδιαιτερότητες τους. Για το Μπαγκλαντές δες και εδώ



Μπαγκλαντές: Συγκρούσεις απεργών με την αστυνομία στο Gazipur

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Garment workers shout slogans as they block a street during a protest to demand wage hike

At least 22 people, including two TV cameramen, were injured as readymade garment (RMG) workers clashed with police in Board Bazar area of Gazipur Sadar upazila on Monday, reports UNB.

Police sources and workers said a group of RMG workers of Unigears factory had been demonstrating for several days demanding that attendance incentive and tiffin bill be included in their wages.

The workers took to the streets and blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway for one and a half hours in the morning as the authorities announced the factory closed from Monday not accepting their demands.

On information, a team of industrial police rushed in and baton-charged, forcing the workers to move off the highway.

Later, the workers threw brick chips targetting police, triggering a clash and a chase and counter-chase.

Later, police fired several rounds of teargas canisters, leaving 20 people injured.

Two cameramen of GTV and Independent TV were also injured in a police action while filming video footage of the incident.

Production at 15 Gazipur RMG units halted

Production at 15 readymade garment factories in Gazipur on the outskirts of the capital was suspended for Saturday following a clash between workers and police.

At least 50 people including 12 cops were injured during the clash, reported our Gazipur correspondent.

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Μπαγκλαντές: Συγκρούσεις φοιτητών με την αστυνομία στην Ντάκα


Συγκρούσεις φοιτητών με την αστυνομία με επίδικο ένα σύστημα μοριοδότησης που τους  αποκλείει από διορισμό στον κρατικό τομέα.

Μπαγκλαντές: Μόνιμα σε σύγκρουση με το κράτος οι εργάτ(ρι)ες υφαντουργίας


Συγκρούσεις στο  Μπαγκλαντές και νέος “αντιτρομοκρατικός” από το κράτος (από τον αστικό τύπο):

Bangladesh police yesterday fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of garment workers protesting for better benefits in the capital Dhaka.

The clashes occurred in Dhaka’s Tejgaon industrial area after about 5,000 workers from Utah Fashions went on the rampage when they found the owners had closed the factory rejecting their demand for a hike in lunch and attendance bills.

“They staged a sit-in blocking a road. The factory management and police have asked the workers to clear the road. But they became unruly and smashed vehicles and factory windows,” local police chief Monir Uz Zaman said.

The protesters were dispersed after “police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at them,” Zaman said, adding several people were injured.

Police in Dhaka Medical College Hospital said at least one worker was brought into the hospital with injuries from a rubber bullet.

In a separate but similar incident in Gazipur district north of Dhaka, up to 2,000 workers from the Uni Gears factory clashed with police after the authorities shut the plant indefinitely.

“The workers blocked a key highway and threw stones at police. We fired tear gas to disperse them,” Gazipur police spokesman Mosharraf Hossain said.

Hossain said the owners closed the plant following days of protests by the workers demanding increases in perks and bonuses.

Bangladesh’s $20bn garment industry, the world’s second largest after China, has witnessed weeks of labour protests over pay hikes and better safety since a massive building collapse killed 1,129 factory workers outside Dhaka in April.

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Μπαγκλαντές: Η αστυνομία επιτίθεται σε διαδήλωση για την κατάρρευση του εργοστασίου


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Police in Bangladesh have opened fired at a protest by former workers of a factory making clothes for western retailers that collapsed, who had taken to the streets to complain at their treatment by the authorities since the disaster six weeks ago.

The protests took place close to the site of the former Rana Plaza factory, now entirely demolished, in Savar, Many garment factories are concentrated in the town near the capital Dhaka. The death toll from the Rana Plaza disaster now stands at 1,130.

Hundreds of protesters, including former workers as well as relatives of victims killed or injured, were demonstrating to demand compensation or outstanding salaries promised by the government and the main body representing local employers in the booming industry, the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

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Οι ταραχές ως αντεπανάσταση (οικογένεια-θρησκεία-έθνος-φυλή)


Οι ταραχές από μόνες τους δε σημαίνουν τίποτα

Δύο συνεχόμενες μέρες διαδηλώσεων “υπέρ της οικογένειας” στη Γαλλία και συγκρούσεις με την αστυνομία, αντίστοιχη διαδήλωση στη Γεωργία (Τυφλίδα). Διαδηλώσεις χιλιάδων σαλαφιστών που ζητούν επιτακτικά να εφαρμοστεί επιτέλους η Σαρία στην Τυνησία και συγκρούσεις με την αστυνομία (οι σαλαφιστές είχαν έναν νεκρό). “Μεγάλη πορεία προς τη Ντάκα” εκατό και πλέον χιλιάδων ισλαμιστών της οργάνωσης Hifazat-e-Islam στο Μπαγκλαντές και συγκρούσεις με περισσότερους από 50 νεκρούς, οι οποίοι έχουν αιτήματα όπως: θανατικές καταδίκες για όσους προσβάλλουν το Ισλάμ, επιστροφή της γυναίκας στο σπίτι,  κατάργηση της ελευθερίας του λόγου κτλ.

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Μπαγκλαντές: Η μάχη συνεχίζεται…


Από την ημέρα που κατέρρευσε το εργοστάσιο στη Ντάκα (24 Απριλίου) μέχρι σήμερα οι εργάτες και οι εργάτριες συνεχώς διαδηλώνουν και έρχονται αντιμέτωπες με την αστυνομία και το κράτος που προσπαθεί να βρει τον τρόπο να συνεχιστεί η πλέον κερδοφόρα δραστηριότητα του κεφαλαίου στην περιοχή. Τα εργοστάσια άνοιξαν ξανα εχθές, όμως και πάλι έγιναν ταραχές (η αστυνομία χρησιμοποιεί συστηματικά σφαίρες από καουτσούκ και σε πιο έντονες καταστάσεις δολοφονεί, στο παρελθόν έχει επέμβει και ο στρατός ενάντια σε απεργούς). Το κράτος απαγόρευσε τις διαδηλώσεις για ένα μήνα  με δικαιολογία τη σφαγή των ισλαμιστών διαδηλωτών στις 5 Μαίου (τη σφαγή φυσικά την έκανε το κράτος – το θέμα αυτό είναι ιδιαίτερα πολύπλοκο).