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Thousands of Bangladeshi workers demanding justice took to the streets yesterday as the full horror of a clothes factory blaze that killed at least 112 people emerged.

The flames roared up the eight floors of the factory, which had no emergency exits, quickly trapping workers, some of whom leapt from the building where they made clothes for major world retailers.

The factory, outside the capital Dhaka, is owned by Tazreen Fashions, a subsidiary of the Tuba Group, which makes products for Wal-Mart and other companies in the US and Europe.

Protesters blocked the streets of a Dhaka suburb in a protest that turned violent at times.

Angry workers threw stones at factories, smashed vehicles
and blocked a major road in the area.

About 200 factories were closed for the day after the protest
erupted in Savar, the industrial zone where the deadly fire occurred on Saturday night.

Firefighters pulled out at least 100 bodies and 12 more people died at hospitals after jumping from the building.

Unions in Bangladesh have long complained about unsafe factories where workers work in dismal sweatshop conditions.