Dhaka, Aug 2: At least 1800 Bangladeshis have been deported from Gulf States and Saudi Arabia.
Dhaka Airport officials claimed that nearly 170 Bangladeshi workers returned home from Kuwait on Friday, complaining that they had been beaten and expelled after taking part in a rare labour protest in the Gulf state. Another batch of nearly 250 Bangladeshis flew back to Dhaka from Saudi Arabia on Friday saying they also had been summarily expelled. According to a Gulf News report, Asian foreign workers staged demonstrations and went on strike in Kuwait last week to demand better pay and working conditions.
The protests turned violent when some workers overturned cars and ransacked offices, but ended on Monday, July 28 after the government said it would look into their grievances.