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The incident happened on Saturday as workers were demanding a raise at a China-backed coal-fired power plant.

At least five people were shot dead and dozens were injured when police opened fire on workers demanding a raise at a China-backed coal-fired power plant in southeastern Bangladesh.

They protested on unpaid wages and working hours and were accused of discrimination.

Azizul Islam, Banshkhali police chief, said about 2,000 protesters threw stones and bricks at police, who responded with guns on Saturday.

A doctor there said four bodies with bullet wounds had been taken to Banshkhali’s main hospital and added that 12 injured were being treated.

Police confirmed the death of another protester and wounded 19 people, including three policemen, who were taken to the hospital in Chittagong.

The $ 2.4 billion power plant, located 265km (165 miles) southeast of Dhaka, is a major source of foreign investment in Bangladesh, and one of a series of projects Beijing is pushing. to cultivate closer ties with Dhaka.

Human rights activists say the factory does not meet environmental impact standards and was built without public consultation. It has been at the center of other deadly protests in recent years.

In 2016, China’s SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction signed an agreement with S Alam Group, a Bangladeshi conglomerate responsible for the construction of the site.

That year, four protesters protesting its construction were killed after villagers and against the power plant clashed before riot police opened fire after being attacked.

A man was killed in 2017 when police opened fire at a protest.



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