Bangladesh Arrests 21 After Rallies
Date of publication: August 16, 2010
Source: The New York Times
Author: VIKAS BAJAJ and JULFIKAR ALI MANIK
MUMBAI, India — The police in Bangladesh have arrested three garment industry labor leaders and 18 other people on charges that they organized and participated in violent protests last month.
International advocacy groups like Human Rights Watch and the International Labor Rights Forum have criticized the arrests, calling them a tactic for intimidating workers in a powerful industry that supplies Western retailers like Wal-Mart Stores and H&M. The protesters were angry over a recent increase in the minimum wage, calling it inadequate...