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Rana Plaza victims want compensation

Our Correspondent, Savar

Survivors and family members of those who died in the Rana Plaza collapse formed a human chain at the site in Savar yesterday demanding that they be compensated before Eid-ul-Fitr.
Several hundred demonstrators also marched on the Dhaka-Aricha highway from the site to Rajalakh Farm road, said witnesses.    
Addressing the human chain, Nurul Islam, a garment worker who was injured in the nine-storey building collapse, said over a year had passed since the tragedy, but he was yet to be compensated.
“After being injured in the building collapse, I cannot work for long in one sitting, and so it is difficult for me to get jobs,” he said, adding that his four-member family is dependent on him.
Speakers alleged that the government and BGMEA authorities had received foreign aid for the victims of Rana Plaza, but instead of distributing the money among the victims, they had grabbed it for themselves.
Garment Workers' Trade Union Centre, Garment Workers' Front and Rana Plaza Garment Workers' Union jointly organised the programme.
Emdadul Islam, president of Rana Plaza Garment Workers' Union, said, “So far we have been demonstrating peacefully, and we request that the government does not force us to take to the streets.”


The building collapsed on April 24 last year leaving 1,132 people dead and scores other injured. 

Published: 12:01 am Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Last modified: 4:07 am Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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