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Sunday, 28 April 2013

The price of cheap clothes? - Dhaka factory disaster

On Wednesday 24 April 2013 a building complex collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh. The building was home to a large garment factory making clothes for western retailers such as Primark.



Factory bosses Mahbubur Rahman Tapas and Balzul Samad Adnan surrendered to police on Saturday while Aminul Islam was arrested later the same day.

Police said they had ordered an evacuation of the building on Tuesday after cracks appeared, but that the factories ignored them and were operating the next day.

In pictures:

VIDEO – Survivor speaks of collapse whilst authorities fire on angry protestors:

On Sunday, thousands of relatives of missing workers were waiting at the site as survivors and the dead are pulled from the rubble.

Police said 353 bodies had been been found, 301 of which had been identified. A further 2,431 people are known to have survived.

VIDEO - Western brands criticised over factory collapse:

Following the disaster, questions have been asked in the UK about whether our demand for cheap clothes has somehow contributed to this dreadful event

BBC News: Shoppers in London were asked if they knew where the clothes they were wearing were manufactured and if they were aware of the Dhaka building collapse in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has one of the largest garment industries in the world, providing cheap clothing for major Western retailers which benefit from its widespread low-cost labour.

People on Oxford StreetLondon, spoke about what they knew of events in Bangladesh and whether they would be happy to pay higher prices for their clothes.

Watch the interviews here:

Bangladesh factory collapse: Who really pays for our cheap clothes?

VIDEO - Bangladesh garment industry scrutinized:

Bangladesh textile workers deaths ‘avoidable’

Dark underworld of Bangladesh clothes industry:

Why are workers who make cheap clothes paying with their lives?

Sources: BBC News, ITN, Al Jazeera, CNN, Daily Mail, The Independent

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