Bangladesh: Unionized tea workers continuing nationwide indefinite strike as of Aug. 17 /update 1
Unionized tea workers across Bangladesh are continuing an indefinite strike as of Aug. 17. Organizers launched the work stoppage Aug. 12, demanding increased wages to alleviate recent price hikes affecting essential commodities. Workers from approximately 241 tea gardens are participating in the strike and associated demonstrations.
Striking workers will likely stage demonstrations, mainly in the Habiganj and Moulvibazar districts, as well as the Sylhet Division. Opposition parties and student unions may also hold solidarity rallies. Popular protest sites include tea estate offices, government buildings, public squares, university campuses, and major intersections. Demonstrations usually involve a few dozen people.
Security forces are likely to be deployed to monitor large gatherings. Minor skirmishes between protesters and police are possible, especially if authorities try to forcibly disperse crowds. Localized transportation disruptions may occur if protesters block or march along roadways.
Avoid any protest as a precaution. Do not navigate roadblocks as protesters may react violently. Heed security and traffic advisories.