The Protests Of Bangladesh After The Rana Plaza Garment Factory Industry

1866 WordsNov 19, 20158 Pages
Throughout history, people have gone to great lengths to make their voices heard, even giving up things they enjoyed and used daily to support boycotts, which are organized efforts to abstain from supporting a product, company, or another group as a means of protest. One recent example would be a boycott of major retailers such as Gap, Walmart, and Primark (European retailer) after the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed as a result of poor safety regulations on the building’s engineering and killed 1127 people in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In addition to this specific incident, there were numerous other similar cases in Bangladesh before this one on May 13, 2013; as a whole, these raised concerns over the building safety regulations in place in the many garment factories in Bangladesh, though the one in Dhaka, likely due to its greater media coverage and exponentially larger size, was what sparked the boycotts. Of course, this raises the question of why people boycotted the retailers mentioned above; both Gap and Walmart, along with many European retailers, bought clothes produced in these factories, and those in support of improved conditions for those working in Bangladesh did not want to damage native efforts or cause the companies operating the factories to leave, which would have created a massive amount of unemployment, thus the lack of a major boycott of Bangladesh goods themselves; the idea was that by pressuring the retailers themselves, the

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