• Retailers face pressure a year after Bangladesh disaster


    SAVAR, Bangladesh: Western fashion brands faced pressure on Thursday to increase help for victims of the world’s worst garment factory accident, as mass protests marked the one-year anniversary of the Bangladesh disaster that cost 1,138 lives. Thousands of people, some wearing funeral shrouds, staged demonstrations at the site of the now-infamous Rana Plaza factory complex outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, which collapsed last April 24 after a catastrophic structural failure. Chanting slogans of “We want compensation!” and “Death to Sohel Rana!”, the owner of the shoddy building, the demonstrators—who included injured survivors and the families of the deceased—marched to the ruins of the nine-storey b uilding carrying flowers and wreaths. Relatives of the 140 workers still unaccounted for also joined in, calling on the government to help find their bodies. They included toddlers, holding photos of their missing mothers.


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