Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The real face of sweatshop labor

Reposting this iconic moment from a garment workers strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh during June 2010. This is not the only photo from the strike showing cops beating child strikers. Police used tear gas, truncheons, & water cannons against mostly women workers demanding back pay & an immediate increase in monthly wages.

There had been labor conflict for several weeks prior to this strike but on this day workers erected barricades, pelted cops with rocks, & attacked cars. Police then described the fighting as the worst yet seen. After Tazreen & Rana Plaza, they’d better brace themselves for a labor tsunami is on the horizon.

(Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

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