Chinese, Italian nationals arrested over deadly Prato fire

IMG class=hide alt=”Chinese, Italian nationals arrested over deadly Prato fire” src=”” (ANSA) – Prato, March 20 – Italian police arrested a number of people, both Chinese and Italian nationals, on Thursday over a deadly blaze at a Chinese-owned garment factory. PSeven Chinese workers died while sleeping in the factory in December and three others were injured./PPIn total five people were detained or put under house arrest, ANSA sources said./PPThey could face charges that include multiple manslaughter./PPSoon after the fire, investigators put four Chinese nationals under investigation, three managers and the owner of the plant. The blaze sparked by stoves in a makeshift kitchen caused the roof of the factory to cave in./PPThe case was seen as highlighting a high degree of exploitation at Chinese-owned garment firms in Italy, especially the Tuscan city of Prato. According to the labour ministry, many of Prato’s thousands of Chinese textile workers reside and work in Italy illegally./PPOfficials have shut down 600 plants in the past four years over infractions, and in the first nine months of 2013, 76% of Prato’s clothing factories were cited at some point./PPCritics say it’s easy for companies shut down by the government to reopen under a different name without implementing the proper changes./PPAccording to the labour ministry, Prato hosts “many more” undocumented workers than the average Italian city./P
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