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UK Activists Protest for Victims in Bangladesh

"Many people died making clothes for retailers in the West. They paid the price for our fashion" - William Gomes, Salem-News.com

Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes protests outside of the Primark building
Flanked by Fairtrade activists Anne Tracy and Mary Manchen, Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes protests outside of the Primark building. Photo: Yorkshire Evening Post

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - A trio of activists held a protest in Leeds over the deadly Rana building collapse in Bangladesh, where workers manufactured clothing for a list of retailers that included Primark.

Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador
William Nicholas Gomes

Fairtrade activists Anne Tracy and Mary Manchen were joined by Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes, who is a former visiting fellow at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at York University.

The death toll from the building collapse is now well past 1100. It happened in a factory that had been identified as structurally unsound and dangerous. The operator of the facility, according to reports, had been notified the day prior to the collapse, that cracks in the building had been observed, and that no employees should enter the factory until additional evaluation and repairs. Instead, employees were told that they would be docked a month's pay if they failed to arrive at work.

This, in the country with the lowest minimum wage on the face of the earth. Mr. Gomes says it is the responsibility of retailers to ensure that their employees are safe.

"Many people died making clothes for retailers in the West. They paid the price for our fashion," Mr. Gomes said.

Bosses at Primark have said they are fully aware of their responsibility and announced they will pay compensation to the families of the victims of the disaster. Yet it is clear and painfully obvious that no amount can restore the lives of these people who died so violently and needlessly.

Source: William Gomes and the Yorkshire Evening Post

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With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.

Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.

Tim King reporting from the war in Iraq

Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu

In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.

Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.

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