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Protests to take place over Bangladesh factory disasters

Protests are taking place today across Europe, calling on fashion brands and retailers to pay compensations to the victims of the collapsed factory in Bangladesh.

Activists from the Clean Clothes Campaign will stage protests on Friday (May 24), one month on from the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory and six months after the Tazreen fire. The two disasters killed 1239 in total.

The protests will be held in front of stores such as Benneton, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Mango, and include fake funerals, factory simulations and fashion shows.

Demonstrations will be held at Matalan in Bristol today (May 24) as well as the Cambridge and Bath branches of Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Tomorrow (May 25) protests will be held at Benetton and Mango in London. A march will also take place on Oxford Street.

Amirul Haque Amin, president of the National Garment Workers’ Federation, said the association welcomed the fashion world’s response to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, but said more needed to be done.

Amin said: “Brands still need to pay compensation to Tazreen and Rana Plaza workers and the families of the deceased.

“All buyers that have sourced from the factories share the responsibility of making sure that the full compensation is paid. It is unacceptable that companies like Walmart hide behind subcontractors or dates of orders placed. The buildings were unsafe long before the disasters happened.”

The Clean Clothes Campaign has called on brands and retailers linked to Rana Plaza factories and Tazreen to commit to paying immediate relief plus “full and fair compensation” to the injured workers and families of the dead.

Earlier this week value chain Primark said it would provide short-term financial aid to all workers at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh.

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