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WASHINGTON – A new report which saw researchers interview more than 100 Bangladeshi garment workers claims repression in the country’s garment industry has reached its worse state for two decades. The report is based on findings from the aftermath of worker protests which took place in December and the early new year in response to the new minimum wage, which protestors claimed was not enough to cover basic living needs. It claims many protestors were arrested on trumped-up charges at the behest of factory owners which supply the likes of H&M, Mango, and Next. Several brands have claimed since the new year to be looking into the events which saw at least 65 workers arrested, and more than 11,000 fired. However, none have yet gone public with the findings of enquiries.

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