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One shot dead as Bangladesh footwear workers riot

Published on Jan 9, 2014 9:03 PM
 
Activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies throw pieces of bricks during a protest in Chittagong in this October, 2013 picture. Tensions were running high in the port city again as Bangladesh police killed one woman when they opened fire on Thursday, on workers protesting at feared wage cuts in the footwear industry. --PHOTO: REUTERS

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police killed one woman when they opened fire Thursday on workers protesting at feared wage cuts in the footwear industry after hundreds went on the rampage at a South Korean export zone, an officer said.

Some 5,000 workers staged demonstrations at the private Korean Export Processing Zone in the southern port city of Chittagong, following a rumour about the scrapping of employee benefits.

Police fired live rounds after some protesters clashed with officers and vandalised one of the factories in the industrial zone, owned by Korean footwear and garment giant Youngone.

A 20-year-old female worker died in hospital after being hit with a bullet, head of industrial police Tofael Ahmed told AFP.

 
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