Bangladesh police fire rubber bullets at protesting garment workers
DHAKA (AFP) - Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of Bangladesh garment workers on Sunday during a second day of protests to demand a US$100 (S$125) minimum monthly wage, police said.
Protesters threw stones and bricks at factories just outside the capital in Kaliakoir that make clothes for some of the world's top retailers. Others marched along a key highway and blocked traffic, police said.
"We were forced to fire rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the workers who attacked about half a dozen factories," Kaliakoir police chief Omar Faruq told AFP, adding that some 6,000 workers took part in the protests.
Bangladesh is the world's second-largest garment exporter with apparel shipments from its 4,500 garment factories accounting for 80 percent of its US$27 billion annual exports.