Thousands Protest Garment Fire Linked to Walmart
Bangladeshi workers demonstrate outside of Dhaka
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2012 2:45 PM CST
A Bangladeshi man, right, reacts as he looks for his son's body outside a garment factory where a fire killed more than 110 people Saturday near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Thousands of protesters marched in Bangladesh today after a garment factory fire linked to Walmart killed more than 100 workers this weekend, the Wall Street Journal reports. Angry workers blocked traffic, damaged cars, and threw rocks at factories as some 500 plants declared a "holiday," reports AFP. "Most workers are in shock," a garment union leader said. "They want to see safety improvements to these deathtrap factories." Fires at Bangladeshi garment factories have claimed more than 600 lives over the past six years.

The plant that burned Saturday made clothes for Li & Fung, a global trading group that buys for retailers like Target and Walmart. Documents posted online include a letter, apparently from Walmart, declaring the plant to be "high risk" and warning that two more such ratings over two years would force Walmart to stop orders from the factory. Walmart said it wasn't sure whether the company still bought clothes from there, but the Nation has photos showing piles of an exclusive Walmart brand at the factory.

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iq145
Nov 26, 2012 11:11 PM CST
"Walmart said it wasn't sure whether the company still bought clothes made made there, but the Nation has photos showing piles of an exclusive Walmart brand at the factory."
FactsAreFacts
Nov 26, 2012 9:52 PM CST
Wow, Walmart sure does care .."... declaring the plant to be "high risk" and warning that two more such ratings over two years would force Walmart to stop orders from the factory for a year or more." High risk is worthy of a warning that they might come and glance around once a year and if they see it's still dangerous they'll order stuff from somewhere else for a whole. Jesus, the greed today is unbelievable. And folks....Walmart and Target and all those monstrous chains do that because they are greedy and because you buy from them. May those poor people rest in Peace and may all that are left grieving force every single damn factory off their land unless pay goes up and safety goes up.
SPHeroid
Nov 26, 2012 6:44 PM CST
"Most workers are in shock," a garment union leader said...... Some union you got there fella........