Workers of the nine Bangladesh state-owned jute mills in Khulna held a procession at 09:00 (local time) on Monday, December 2, causing significant traffic disruption throughout the city. Protesters reportedly set up barricades at the Natun Rasta Intersection, BIDC Road, and BL College road at around 11:30.
Further rallies are expected to take place in Khulna over the coming days, and a strike has been called on Thursday, December 5. Protesters warn the movement could continue if their demands are not met.
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are likely in the vicinity of all protests. events. Commercial disruptions are also likely in the coming days. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Jute mill workers have staged demonstrations, strikes, and blockades in recent months to protest late payment of wages, cancellation of public-private ownership, and have called for increased job security. Around 50,000 people have participated in protests nationwide since March to push the workers 11-points demand.
Individuals in Khulna are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate significant transportation disruptions, and avoid all public gatherings and protests as a precaution.