Clashes broke out between jute mill workers and police in Khulna on Thursday, April 4, leaving at least 16 people wounded. The clashes came amid the third day of a related 72-hour strike across Bangladesh, in which jute mill workers were demanding payment of back wages, greater job security for temporary workers, and the rehiring of workers who lost jobs in earlier demonstrations, among other demands. Protesters blocked highways and train tracks in Khulna district, causing transportation disruptions.
Similar work stoppages and associated protests are possible in Bangladesh over the near term. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected near demonstration sites.
Jute mill workers have staged recent protests to demand increased job security and timely payment of wages. Around 50,000 people attended related protests in early March.
Individuals in Bangladesh, particularly in Khulna district, are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions near protest sites, budget extra time to reach their destinations if traveling near demonstrations, and avoid all protests as a precaution.
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