Garment workers block roads in Mirpur, Dhaka, demanding action against inflation
The demonstrators themselves left the roads in Sections 13 and 14 and the roundabout in Section 10 of the area around 5 p.m. Saturday, almost six hours after the demonstration began.
Some protesters damaged vehicles and the Shaheed Suhrawardi indoor stadium between sections 10 and 11, said Parvez Islam, chief of the Pallabi police station.
When the police tried to chase them away, they threw bricks, which led to an ongoing battle. Finally, law enforcement dispersed the workers by firing multiple tear gas shells, Parvez said.
During the protests, workers did not allow vehicles to travel on major roads, creating traffic jams in the area. Some protesters clashed with drivers.
The workers launched the protest in Mirpur-13 at around 11 a.m., saying that wages should be increased or the prices of all necessities should be reduced. The protest continued in the area until they moved to Mirpur-10 roundabout at 2:30 p.m.
Thousands of workers from Apex, MBM Garments Ltd, Saroj, VISION, IDS Group, Kolka, Jokky and Dmox joined the protests.
“An egg costs 15 Tk now, but the owners of the factory are not raising wages, I don’t know what to do,” said Nazma Akter, a worker from Saroj.
Kafrul Police Station Inspector Kamrul Islam earlier said law enforcement was trying to get the protesters off the streets.
Workers also demonstrated on Thursday, making the same demands, said Faysal, a worker at the Kolka garment factory in Mirpur.
“An assistant receives a monthly salary of 8,000 Tk. How can a person survive a month with this little money? He asked.