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(SUPER = Dhaka, Bangladesh)

RESCUERS IN BANGLADESH PULLED MORE BODIES AND SOME SURVIVORS FRIDAY FROM THE RUBBLE OF A BUILDING COLLAPSE.

AN EIGHT-STORY GARMENT FACTORY TOPPLED TWO DAYS AGO, KILLING 300 WORKERS NEAR DHAKA.

OFFICIALS EXPECT THE DEATH TOLL TO RISE.

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(SUPER = Mussamat Anna, Garment worker)

"First a machine fell over my hand and I was crushed under the debris, then the roof collapsed over me."

CROWDS OF FAMILY MEMBERS GATHERED AROUND THE SITE WAITING FOR NEWS OF MISSING RELATIVES.

PROTESTS ERUPTED ELSEWHERE IN THE CITY DEMANDING THE BUILDING'S OWNER BE PERSECUTED.

NEW VIDEO SHOWS DHAKA POLICE INSPECTING LARGE CRACKS IN THE FACTORY'S WALLS A DAY BEFORE THE COLLAPSE.

POLICE SAY THEY GAVE AN EVACUATION ORDER THAT WENT IGNORED.

THIS IS THE WORST DISASTER TO HIT BANGLADESH'S POWERFUL, 20-BILLION DOLLAR GARMENT INDUSTRY...

(SUPER = November 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

....AND COMES FIVE MONTHS AFTER A FIRE AT ANOTHER FACTORY THAT KILLED 112 WORKERS.

THE COUNTRY IS NOTORIOUS FOR HAZARDOUS WORKPLACES, LAX ENFORCEMENT AND LOW WAGES.

LABOR RIGHTS ADVOCATES SAY BANGLADESH'S GOVERNMENT IS LARGELY TO BLAME.

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(SUPER = Peter McAllister, Director, Ethical Trading Initiative)

"We know that laws are not necessarily well implemented, factory inspections not followed up."

BUT PETER MCALLISTER SAYS CLOTHING COMPANIES AND CONSUMERS BEAR RESPONSIBILITY TOO.

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(SUPER = Peter McAllister, Director, Ethical Trading Initiative)

(SUPER = San Francisco)

"While there are good factories, there are far too many like this one that are below the standards that international brands and retailers and their customers should accept."

ONE COMPANY IN THE BUILDING - NEW WAVE - SAYS THEY SUPPLY SEVERAL MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN RETAILERS.

KELLY DASCHLE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

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