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13 Mar 2015

Bergen Record (USA)

Survivor of Rana Plaza clothing factory disaster in Bangladesh arrested in USA when demanding compensation at Children's Place

"Protesters at Children's Place headquarters in Secaucus arrested"

More than two dozen protesters were arrested Thursday at the Secaucus offices of clothing retailer The Children’s Place...after staging a demonstration on behalf of the victims of a factory collapse in Bangladesh two years ago.

The protesters included...an 18-year-old woman from Bangladesh who was one of the workers trapped in the rubble in 2013 when the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka caved in...

After a similar protest last year, the company’s general counsel, Bradley P. Cost,...[said] the company is “making a large and long-term commitment to improve safety conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers.”

... The Children’s Place last year said it had contributed an additional $500,000 to aid the victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy. The supporters of the factory victims, and the survivors, argue that...there still is an $8 million shortfall needed to be raised to reach the $30 million that advocates estimate the Bangladeshi families deserve for injuries and loss of life... [Records]  show goods for the company were produced at the factory during the year before its collapse, and because Children’s Place merchandise was found in the ruins of the factory.