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14 Mar 2015

Steven Greenhouse, Guardian

USA: Bangladesh labour leader Kalpona Akter & others arrested in Children's Place store during Rana Plaza protest

"Bangladesh labor leader arrested during Rana Plaza protest in New Jersey", 14 March 2015

Kalpona Akter, one of the best-known labor leaders in Bangladesh, has visited 16 American college campuses over the past three weeks, urging students to press two major retailers – The Children’s Place and Benetton – to contribute millions of dollars to help the families of those who died in the Rana Plaza factory building collapse...27 protesters – including the Rana Plaza survivor and Akter – were arrested at the headquarters of The Children’s Place in Secaucus, New Jersey, as they sought to drop off a letter to the company’s chief executive. The police charged them with trespassing...Akhter......released...after being held for two hours...Liana Foxvog, a spokeswoman for the International Labor Rights Forum, said: “All 27 of those arrested are facing charges. No charges have been dropped.”

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Bangladeshi labour activists arrested at Children's Place store in USA over Rana Plaza protest

Rana Plaza building collapse, April 2013