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Violent pay protests shut factories

Garment workers demanding higher pay have clashed with police and attacked factories in an industrial belt on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.

The workers have rejected a proposed 5,300 takas (£41.40) monthly minimum wage, a rise of 77%. They are demanding 8,114 takas (£62.50) instead.

Industrial police director Mustafizur Rahman said at least 100 factories were closed in Ashulia and Savar areas to avoid further violence after the clash started today.

He would not say if there were any injuries, but a television station said up to 30 people have been hurt.

A government-appointed panel voted for the £41.40 minimum wage last week, but factory owners have not endorsed it. That amount would still be the lowest in the world.

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