Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Savar, Bangladesh - At least 50 people, including 15 policemen, were injured in a two-hour clash between police and workers of a Pakistani garment factory at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ). Sources alleged a feeling of discontent was prevailing among about 3,000 workers, as the authorities were not paying them overtime allowances and proper transportation facilities. Their anger intensified when the quality of their lunch deteriorated. Witnesses said the workers went on the rampage after lunch and ransacked the canteen and furniture of the five-storey building. The workers hurled brickbats at the police, who also charged batons.