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Workers protest in Dhaka over factory deaths

Workers protest in Dhaka over factory deaths

Dhaka: Thousands of garment factory workers have protested in the capital, Dhaka, over the death of workers in building collapse, as rescuers continued to hunt for survivors, local media have reported.

According to Al Jazeera’s special correspondent, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Dhaka with sticks in their hands chanting slogans such as "we want execution of the garment factory owners".

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association building office has been attacked, Al-Jazeera correspondent said.

Workers have blocked a road and indulged in vandalism at some places, the Daily Star newspaper reported.

The protests come a day after a garment factory collapsed killing about 200, and there are fears the death toll might go up, even as criticism mounted of foreign firms that source cheap clothes from the country.

After visiting the disaster site, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, the interior minister, told reporters the building had violated construction codes and that "the culprits would be punished".

More than 1,000 people were injured when the site housing five garment factories on the outskirts of Dhaka imploded on Wednesday, allegedly after managers ignored workers' warnings that the building had become unstable.

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