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Factory workers continue angry protests over wages in Bangladesh

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Bangladeshi factory workers have taken their protests over low wages into a fourth day.

Police on Tuesday used tear gas against around 2,000 textile industry workers.

Over the last few days there have been up to 200,000 protesting over wages.

The action has included blocking roads in the capital, Dhaka.

The violence has caused the closure of around 100 factories.

Bangladesh is the world’s second-biggest clothing exporter and makes up 80 per cent of the country’s earnings overseas.

But the monthly minimum wage is around €28 – protesters want this almost trebled to around €75.

Low labour costs – and critics say, shortcuts on safety – make Bangladesh a cheap place to make clothing.

Tensions between factory owners and workers have been heightened by a string of industrial accidents.

The accidents prompted leading international retail brands to broker agreements to help protect low-paid workers.