CHECK OUT THESE HORRIFIC SCENES OF CRAZED "BLACK FRIDAY" SHOPPERS...
DEADLY BANGLADESH FIRE PROMPTS OUTRAGE OVER WORKING CONDITIONS...
Just after a fire killed at least 112 workers at a garment factory in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, another 10-story factory caught fire Monday morning, and thousands took to the streets to protest the factories’ poor safety standards.
Though no one was killed in the second fire, during both fires the main doors to the factories were reported to be padlocked, blocking easy escape.
The protests put a spotlight on the poor working conditions, lack of fire escapes, and garment owner negligence that has wracked the world's second-largest garment-exporting country, where firms produce clothing for high-profile brands including Gap, H&M, and Wal-Mart.
“Every time these incidents occur, the owners get away without making any change to their working conditions inside the factories,” says Sultan Uddin Ahmmed, assistant executive director of Bangladesh Institute of Labor Studies (BILS). “These incidents will have to be treated as an offense in order to stop such occurrences.”
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MEANWHILE... NINE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AT THE LOCAL WAL-MART PROTEST...
Sheriff's deputies were called in to break up a crowd of as many as 500 protesters outside of a Walmart in Paramount on Friday.
Employees had organized a demonstration outside the store as part of a nationwide protest organized by the union-backed group OUR Walmart.
Lakewood Boulevard at Rosecrans Avenue was shut down around 12 p.m. as protesters filled the streets.
Deputies moved in and arrested nine people who sat on the ground and refused to move, accusing the corporate giant of intimidation and bullying.
One of the people arrested told KTLA that it was his first time being arrested but felt it was "important to get the message out there" and that they are not being "respected as employees."
Walmart issued a statement Friday, saying that the company had a successful Black Friday despite the growing tension.
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