A total of 111 people draped in shrouds lie down before BGMEA Bhaban in the capital yesterday protesting the deaths of 111 garment workers in Saturday's Ashulia fire. The protest was organised by Magic Movement.Photo: STAR
In a powerful show of protest against the recent deaths in an Ashulia garment factory fire, 111 persons wearing shrouds to resemble corpses lied down before BGMEA Bhaban in the capital's Karwan Bazar yesterday.
Others at the â€œShob Shomabeshâ€ (rally of dead bodies) held placards which read â€œBusiness cannot mean murderâ€ and â€œCheap labour does not mean cheap lifeâ€.
The silent and unique protest was organised by a grassroots level movement of activists, journalists, friends and people who call themselves Magic Movement.
The aim was to highlight the failure and unwillingness of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and garment factory owners to ensure workers' safety.