Bangladesh workers clash with police in factory fire protest
DHAKA (AFP) - Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Sunday in clashes with thousands of Bangladeshi workers protesting over the deaths of 110 people in one of the country's worst factory fires and the sacking of labourers.
Industrial police deputy director Baser Uddin said the sacking of scores of workers at a plant triggered the latest demonstration following the deadly blaze last weekend at Tazreen Fashion in the Ashulia industrial area north of the capital Dhaka.
"We shot rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse them," Mr Uddin said, adding that the protestors blocked a key highway, torching furniture and tyres.
Protesters fought back with stones, police said, turning the industrial area, home to hundreds of plants which make clothing for Western retailers, into a battleground.