One dead, 100 hurt in Bangladesh protest

DHAKA — A man was killed and nearly 100 others were wounded when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters demanding higher wages in Bangladesh on Sunday, police said.

The disturbances occurred at Siddhirganj, 16 km east of the capital Dhaka, when workers at a pharmaceutical company demanding higher wages blockaded a major highway and vandalized vehicles.

“We had to fire rubber bullets and tear gas as workers turned violent,” a police officer told Reuters from the scene, adding that the situation had been brought under control.

The body of the victim bore multiple injuries inflicted during the hour-long clash, he said without giving details.

Workers demanding higher wages often stage violent protests in Bangladesh, where rising food prices have been a trigger for labour unrest.

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