Dozens hurt in Bangladesh garment factory protest

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh say thousands of garment workers demanding higher pay are clashing with police for a second day and dozens of people have been hurt.

Live television footage showed riot police firing tear gas as the workers rampaged through the streets building roadblocks with abandoned vehicles and wooden logs.

Industrial Police Director Mustafizur Rahman says at least 200 factories closed Tuesday. He said police the angry workers hurled stones at security forces and attacked factories in the industrial towns of Savar and Ashulia outside Dhaka.

Rahman said at least 50 people were reported wounded in the fresh violence after 30 were injured Monday when the clashes started.

A government-appointed panel approved a raise to 5,300 takas ($66.25) a month but workers are demanding 8,114 takas ($100) instead.