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News Summary: Bangladesh fire shows poor safety


THE TRAGEDY: A garment-factory blaze in Bangladesh this Saturday killed at least 112 people who were trapped inside or jumped to their deaths.

THE BACK STORY: More than 200 people have died in Bangladesh's garment factories since 2006, as such facilities commonly ignore safety in their rush to produce for retailers around the world.

THE BACKLASH: About 15,000 workers protested near the gutted building Monday, demanding justice for the victims and improved safety, prompting about 200 factories to close for the day. Demonstrators blocked a major highway, threw stones at factories and smashed vehicles.


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