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Protests and burials in Bangladesh for garment factory workers

Women and children gather to attend a mass funeral at Jurain cemetery, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 27.
Women and children gather to attend a mass funeral at Jurain cemetery, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 27.Abir Abdullah / EPA
Bangladeshis prepare to bury the bodies of some of the victims of Saturday's fire in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 27.
Bangladeshis prepare to bury the bodies of some of the victims of Saturday's fire in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 27.Khurshed Rinku / AP
Women and children gather to attend a mass funeral at Jurain cemetery, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 27.
Women and children gather to attend a mass funeral at Jurain cemetery, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 27.Abir Abdullah / EPA
Trucks transport the bodies of some of the victims of a deadly fire in a garment factory, prior to burial at a graveyard in Dhaka on Nov. 27.
Trucks transport the bodies of some of the victims of a deadly fire in a garment factory, prior to burial at a graveyard in Dhaka on Nov. 27.AFP - Getty Images
People pray before the burial of the unclaimed bodies of fire victims at a mass funeral in Jurain, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 27.
People pray before the burial of the unclaimed bodies of fire victims at a mass funeral in Jurain, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 27.Abir Abdullah / EPA
Workers bury the body of an unidentified garment worker at a graveyard in Dhaka Nov. 27.
Workers bury the body of an unidentified garment worker at a graveyard in Dhaka Nov. 27.Andrew Biraj / Reuters
Garment workers shout slogans as they attend a mourning procession for the workers killed in the Ashlia fire accident in Dhaka, Bangladesh Nov. 27.
Garment workers shout slogans as they attend a mourning procession for the workers killed in the Ashlia fire accident in Dhaka, Bangladesh Nov. 27.Abir Abdullah / EPA

Bangladesh held a day of mourning Tuesday for at least 111 people killed over the weekend in a garment factory fire. Labor groups demonstrated against dangerous factory conditions to demand better worker safety in an industry notorious for operating in firetraps.  The government, which now says the fire was a result of arson, handed over the bodies of 52 unidentified workers after DNA samplings, to Anjuman Mofidul Islam (a social organization) for burial. Bangladesh is the world’s second biggest clothes exporter, behind China.  

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