One shot dead as Bangladesh footwear workers riot
Bangladesh police killed one woman when they opened fire today 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.
Workers building Samsung factory riot in Vietnam
Workers building a massive Samsung factory in northern Vietnam battled police and torched motorbikes on Thursday, in a rare outbreak of labor violence in the tightly controlled country. Samsung and other tech companies such as Intel and Nokia are increasingly moving production to Vietnam, where labor costs are cheaper than in neighboring China. The country’s Communist rulers are encouraging them with tax breaks, eager to move away from traditional exports of clothes, shoes and shrimps to higher value products
The riot at the Samsung complex in northern Vietnam, footage of which was taken by bystanders and posted on YouTube within hours of it breaking out, will concern authorities and tech company executives alike. State media reports said the unrest followed an argument and ensuing fight between a guard and a worker who turned up late at the complex, where up to 10,000 people are currently employed. Motorbikes and containers housing security guards were set alight, sending thick smoke over the complex. Footage showed people throwing rocks at police in riot gear who huddled together. Local official Duong Ngoc Long said police restored order after three hours. Four people were injured, he said.
PFLP, DFLP claim mortar strike on Israeli military targets
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian factions on Thursday took responsibility for launching mortar shells at Israeli military targets earlier in the day. The military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, said in a statement that it fired two 80-millimeter mortar shells at a group of Israeli tanks that had invaded an area east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza. The statement said that the group would continue to resist the Israeli occupation. Meanwhile, the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the National Resistance Brigades, said it fired two mortar shells at an Israeli military site east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.