In Secaucus, New Jersey, more than two dozen people were arrested at the offices of the clothing retailer The Children’s Place as they called for compensation for victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. The Children’s Place is among the retailers whose products were found in the factory’s ruins, and protesters say they have contributed just $450,000 of the $30 million owed to workers’ families. Next month marks the two-year anniversary of the disaster, which killed more than 1,100 people. Bangladeshi activist Kalpona Akter stood with 18-year-old Mahinur Begum, a survivor of the collapse, and called on The Children’s Place to pay.
Kalpona Akter: “Please care about these workers. Don’t let them die in these factories and wait for this compensation years and years. Please pay. Please pay. When you say Children’s Place care about the children, those lost their parents in the deadly building collapse. So please step forward and pay.”
The protest came as a cement factory run by a subsidiary of the Bangladeshi army collapsed south of the capital Dhaka, killing at least seven people and injuring 30.