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Bangladesh Garment Protests Enter Fourth Day

Bangladesh labor protests entered a fourth day after overnight negotiations failed to end a dispute over low wages as garment factory owners reopened plants that supply companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan met last night with factory owners and labor leaders in an effort to end demonstrations that forced about 400 of the country’s 5,000 garment factories to close yesterday. Thousands of workers seeking to more than double their monthly pay to $104 blocked traffic today in Dhaka, the capital, Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Abdul Oadud said by phone.