One shot dead as Bangladesh footwear workers riot
Published on Jan 9, 2014 9:03 PM
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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