Enraged Workers In Bangladesh Burn Down One Of The Gap’s And Wal-Mart’s Largest Supplying Factories

This is one effective form of protest. Buzzfeed writes:

Workers incensed by rumors of a co-worker’s death in a police firing burned down one of Bangladesh’s 10 biggest garment factories supplying to major Western brands on Nov. 29:

According to authorities, factory workers were enraged after a loudspeaker from a mosque announced a worker’s death during a police firing to disperse a road blockade by factory employees earlier that day.

Six months’ worth of supplies for U.S. brands, including Gap and Wal-Mart, were burnt in the fire. Other burnt garments included those from huge global brands such as American Eagle Outfitters, Marks and Spencer, Sears, Uniqlo, and Zara. A Standard Group official estimated that the firm could lose well over $100 million in the fire.

12 Comments on "Enraged Workers In Bangladesh Burn Down One Of The Gap’s And Wal-Mart’s Largest Supplying Factories"

  1. emperorreagan | Dec 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

    The flip side to the other article about the new feudalism. Eventually, the serfs get pissed off and set everything on fire.

    Easy to forget how brutal and violent class struggle has been throughout history if you just look at what was taught in school and couple that with the efforts to mythologize MLK or Gandhi as patron saints of non-violent change – which, of course, is the only kind of change!

    • oneironauticus | Dec 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm |

      They must have been onto something…remember, “they” killed MLK…

  2. Ted Heistman | Dec 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm |

    But did the building collapse? That is the question!

  3. Burn, baby, burn!

  4. Craig Bickford | Dec 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm |

    Just like that Greg Ginn album title. Let it burn (because I don’t live there any more)

  5. Earthstar | Dec 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm |

    This is the happiest news I’ve read all week!

  6. RonaldMcDonald69 | Dec 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm |

    This is what happens when people refuse to pay 200 dollars for a pair of jeans.

    • Christopher Brooks | Dec 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm |

      This is what happens when we have an economic system that won’t shed its feudal nature. If the workers had full ownership of the factories they would be able to make quite a decent living with quite decent working conditions without raising the costs substantially. I wonder how difficult it would be to help arrange this?

  7. Ron Chandler | Dec 6, 2013 at 10:15 am |

    What’s this ‘firing’? Police shooting?
    Someone needs to re-learn English.

  8. Ron Chandler | Dec 6, 2013 at 10:17 am |

    Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention…
    Professor Tarpley’s ‘massive strike wave’ is in progress. Let’s hope it shakes ’em up, and rmember Billy Bragg: ‘There is power in a union.’

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