- Posted July 19, 2014 by
10439 Berlin, Germany
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protests around the world
Several hundred people recently gathered at the Berlin Alexanderplatz to protest the opening of the second branch of the Irish clothing chain store, Primark. They were protesting against questionable production practices in Third World countries where western clothing companies, such as Primark and famous fashion labels, have their goods produced. Specifically, they were demonstrating against the exploitation of workers, mostly women, who work in unsafe factories under inhuman conditions. The collapse recently of a garment factory building in Bangaladesch killing 1100 workers, illustrates the gravity of this problem in the fashion industry. Poor pay, insufficient breaks, grueling hours and squalid, unsafe factories for workers in poor countries make it possible for western consumers to purchase cheap fashion. Unfortunately, inspite of the protest, shoppers didn't seem to have a guilty conscience or cared about who made the clothing. They came in droves, nevertheless, to shop at Primark.