Chittagong : l’armée contre les grévistes – octobre 2010

7 more held over Ctg port unrest

bdnews24.com

Chittagong, Oct 15 (bdnews24.com) – Police have arrested seven more in connection with the workers’ unrest at Chittagong Port raising the number to 47.

The police made the arrest durig a special operation between Thursday night and Friday morning.

The arrested labour leaders are Biplob Majumdar, Maharram Ali, Akther Hossain and four others.

Chittagong Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Kusum Dewan told bdnews24.com that they had made the arrests for bringing out processions in the dock area defying a ban on gatherings.

After deploying military at the port on Wednesday, a ban was imposed at the port and adjacent areas on processions and rallies.

The police foiled a procession of agitating workers brought out shortly after the ban was imposed. A section of the workers brought out another procession defying the ban, which led to chase and counter chase between them and the policmen.

The police arrested 29 workers on the same day while 11 more were held on Thursday.

Three cases were filed against unidentified workers under the Speedy Trial Act for bringing out processions defying the ban, attacking the police and entering the fourth jetty forcibly.

Of the cases filed, one was by the police and another by the port. Each case accused 400 unnamed workers

Bangladesh port back to work after army ends strike

AFP

15 10 2010

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh — Bangladeshi officials said Friday that the country’s main port was operating normally after the army was sent in to break a strike by dock workers that had hit crucial garment exports.

Workers at the southern Chittagong sea port went on strike Monday. After high-level negotiations failed, the government deployed the army Wednesday in a bid to keep crucial garment shipments moving.

« The port is operating as normal. Full operations have been resumed, » port authority secretary Forhad Uddin told AFP, adding that « the dock workers have quietly returned to work. »

Hundreds of soldiers were patrolling the port Friday to enforce a temporary ban on protests and demonstrations, and the police have launched a major investigation into violence during the strike.

« We have arrested 40 port workers in the last two days, » local police chief Naimul Hasan said.

Chittagong port handles more than 90 percent of Bangladesh’s imports and exports and the walkout had caused huge delays, angering the country’s powerful garment sector, which accounts for more than 80 percent of total shipments.

20 hurt in Chittagong port violence

Reuters

13 October 2010,

Bangladeshi police opened fire with tear gas shells and rubber bullets in the country’s main port of Chittagong on Wednesday after striking dock workers stopped work and went on the rampage, officials said.

At least 20 people were wounded in clashes as thousands of dockers fought with port guards and attacked vehicles, prompting the government to call in the army to reinforce the police.

Authorities imposed a ban on assembly of more than five people at the port until further notice as the strike paralysed the external trade hub for a second day.

The workers went on strike after around 1,500 casual dockers lost their jobs when the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) handed over container and bulk operations to private berth operators.

“They (troops) have started arriving and will be fully deployed across the port by Wednesday midnight,” Syed Farhaduddin, a senior official of the CPA, said.

“We hope the situation will be normal by (Thursday) morning.”

The CPA has been handling cargo itself since May, when it decided not to renew the contracts of the previous berth operators due to a legal dispute.

Average turnaround times for ships have risen from one-and-a-half days to seven days since May, as a result of which traders fear a slump in external trade for the current fiscal year to June 2011.

The port handled some 37 million tonnes of cargo, more than 80 percent of the country’s external trade, in 2009-10 (July-June), 21.39 per cent up from the previous fiscal year

 

~ par Alain Bertho sur 16 octobre 2010.

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