The world’s largest mangrove forest lies on the deltas of three rivers:
the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. It is
here, in an area of outstanding natural beauty called the Sundarbans,
that the Bangladeshi government plans to site a coal-fired power plant.
It is said that where labour is cheap, life is cheap. This is never more
so than in the recent horrific deaths of over 400 garment workers
crushed in a collapsed building in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
Strikes and protests by Bangladesh garment workers continue in the face
of harsh repression by the state. Following the deaths of three
strikers, shot down when police opened fire on demonstrators in
Chittagong on 14 December, the protests have increased.