Bangladeshi Workers: We Were Locked In

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Bangladeshi garment works walk past debris on the floor of the nine-story Tazreen Fashion plant in Savar, about 30 kilometres north of Dhaka on November 26, 2012. Garment workers staged mass protests to demand the end to 'deathtrap' labour conditions after Bangladesh's worst-ever textile factory fire, as a new blaze sparked fresh panic and terror. Ahead of the first of a series of mass funerals for the 110 victims, survivors of Saturday night's blaze joined several thousand colleagues to block a highway and march in the manufacturing hub of Ashulia. AFP PHOTO/ STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Locked security gates prevented workers from evacuating a textile factory in Bangladesh, according to survivors who are telling their stories to human-rights activists. Believing it was a false alarm, factory managers actively took steps to keep the workers penned in on Tuesday. Local police arrested three supervisors who prevented workers from evacuating. More than 110 people died in the fire, though authorities expect that number to rise as they put together a list of the 1,500 people who worked at the factory. The tragedy at the factory, which supplies clothes to stores like Walmart and Disney, has spawned protests over working conditions.