By  on December 2, 2013

MILAN — A fire broke out early Sunday morning in the Chinese-run Teresa Moda garment factory in Prato, Tuscany, causing the death of seven Chinese laborers and injuring several others. The workers were apparently living, eating and sleeping at the factory, and the death toll could rise as the fire department clears the rubble.

“It’s an enormous tragedy. Faced with these poor people who lost their lives simply to work, seeking their fortunes in a foreign country, the pain is immense. We express all our solidarity to the affected families and the entire Chinese community,” said the Prato province’s vice president Ambra Giorgi. She added, “Nothing can remain the same. We all must work to improve collaboration with the Chinese community through change that places human and workers’ rights resolutely in the foreground, along with the inescapable principle of the law.”

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