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Bangladesh garment worker protest continues for 4th day

AP  |  Dhaka 

Thousands of garment workers staged demonstrations to demand better wages for the fourth straight day on Wednesday, shutting down factories on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital

newspaper reported that one protesting worker was shot dead and three dozen others were injured in clashes with police.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons and used batons to prevent people from blocking off the road leading to

Workers responded by hurling bricks at police and setting vehicles ablaze.

Bangladesh's garments industry generates around $30 billion in exports a year, making it the second largest in the world after Bangladeshi garment workers make products for big-name fashion retailers including Zara, and

For months workers have been demanding higher minimum pay than what the of has proposed.

Protesting told on Tuesday that workers want at least 16,000 taka, or about $191, per month.

"They give us nothing. Right now, our salaries are the same as for helpers hired to assist us," Begum said.

Hasina's ruling Awami League-led coalition swept Dec. 28 amid complaints by the opposition of voter intimidation and vote-rigging. was sworn in Monday for a record third consecutive term as head of

The booming garments industry has been a pillar of Hasina's economic development strategy for Bangladesh, where per capita income has nearly tripled since 2009, to $1,750.

Under Hasina, the level of extreme poverty classified as under $1.25 per day has dropped from 19 percent of the population to less than 9 percent in the last decade, according to the

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 13:45 IST