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Bangladeshi workers protest in Kuwait

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Around 100 Bangladeshi workers hired by a Kuwaiti company to guard supermarkets and various stores in the country staged a sit-in protest yesterday at the Bangladesh Embassy. The company the workers were working for has failed to provide them with residency permits 11 months after employing them.

Furthermore, in an echo of the situation across the border in Saudi Arabia, the foreign workers haven’t been paid for the past two months and have been left without housing.

“We have been working for almost a year now with this company,” one protestor told Kuwait Times. “They said they will provide us with visas and good accommodation, but nothing happened,” added 24 year-old Muhammad Jassem.

If they are caught without a residency permit, the workers could face jail or deportation, even if the fault lies with the company they work for not obtaining one for them.

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