Western Companies Accused of 'Turning Blind Eye' in Bangladeshi Clothing Factory Collapse


Rescue workers look for trapped garment workers at the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 26, 2013. The search for survivors from Bangladesh's worst industrial accident stretched into a third day on Friday, with the death toll rising to 273 after the collapse of the building housing factories that made low-cost garments for Western brands.


REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Garment workers have taken to the streets in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, demanding better working conditions after the death of at least 280 people in a building collapse on Wednesday.

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The building housed five garment factories and made clothing for several western labels.

On Tuesday a structural engineer had recommended the building be evacuated.

But factory owners forced their employees to return to work despite their complaints.

Zafar Sobhan, the editor of the Dhaka Tribune watched the demonstrations.