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Bangladesh police fire tear gas as garment workers riot

Published on Sep 16, 2012 6:49 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police on Sunday fired rubber bullets and tear gas at tens of thousands of garment workers as they rioted in a key industrial area outside Dhaka, demanding a reduction in working hours.

The workers left their factories and joined the protest, torching a police post and four police vehicles at Narayanganj, 20km south of the capital, authorities said.

"There were more than 100,000 workers. They were peaceful initially, but suddenly they stormed a police post at Shimrail and set it on fire," Narayanganj police chief Sheikh Nazmul Alam told AFP.

"We fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the rioters," he said, adding two policemen were critically injured during the clashes. He could not say whether or how many workers were hurt.

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