Family members of deceased victims and living victims Rana Plaza along with youths of the city have staged protest sitting in front of the Rana Plaza collapse site on 2 August 2013. The poor distribution of humanitarian support and compensation among the relatives of the dead, injured and the hundreds of orphans created by this tragedy brought these grieved people on the streets, said a protestor.
The protest started 10 AM in the morning and lasted the whole day,
Later the group of youths built a monument at the site of Rana Plaza in Savar yesterday in memory of the victims of the worst industrial disaster of the country.
The youths, mostly students under several banners, called the monument “Protibade-Protirodhe” (in protest and in resistance). The simplistic monument is just two muscular hands, one holding a scythe and the other one holding a hammer. They are about 10 feet high.
The nine-storey Rana Plaza that housed five garment factories crumbled and collapsed on April 24 killing over 1,130 people and injuring thousands more. It took the army and local volunteers 20 days to rescue 2,438 people from the rubble. Eighty of them are undergoing treatment, according to government data.
Yesterday, 100 days after the building came crashing down, they placed wreaths at the monument with concerns over the fate of thousands critically wounded and if justice will ever meet those responsible for this disaster.
In a small rally held there, speakers said the monument would be the centre and symbol of workers’ movements in future. They also demanded a day be designated as martyrs day on which workers who had lost their lives in tragedies like Rana Plaza, Tazreen Fashions, and Hameem Group disasters would be remembered.
Antu Modak, who designed the monument, said it represented the working class, including farmers and factory workers.