The coronavirus starvation protests begin

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As the Guardian has reported, coronavirus starvation protests have begun, albeit not here, as yet:

Thousands of garment workers who blocked the streets in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday said they were more afraid of starving than coronavirus, after factories supplying western fast fashion chains failed to pay their wages.

With retailers including H&M, Walmart and Tesco cancelling orders because of the pandemic, Bangladesh’s $40bn export sector, dominated by garment factories, is facing its worst crisis in decades.

Bangladesh is the world’s second-biggest garment maker after China.

Protesting workers say many factories have not paid them after the orders were cut. Sajedul Islam, 21, told AFP:

We are afraid of the coronavirus. We heard a lot of people are dying of this disease. But we don’t have any choice. We are starving. If we stay at home, we may save ourselves from the virus. But who will save us from starvation?

Hat tip to Peter Dawe. I share his concern that this is the first such protest, but will not be the last.