Garment workers in Myanmar fight for democracy, livelihoods

NEW YORK (AP) — Garment workers in Myanmar are urging major international brands to denounce the recent military coup there and put more pressure on factories to protect workers from being fired or harassed — or worse arrested and killed for participating in protests. Major brands like H&M and Adidas increasingly flocked to Myanmar as they diversified their sourcing away from China in search of cheap labor in a market that was becoming more politically stable. Now, those brands face a conundrum: whether to stay or pull out. At stake are the livelihoods of more than 600,000 garment workers who have been at the forefront of the pro-democracy demonstrations.