Affrontements à Dhaka – juillet 2010

Opposition Clashes Injure Dozens in Bangladesh


At least 30 people were injured when riot police broke up anti-government protests in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday. Dozens more were hurt in separate demonstrations across the country.

Hundreds of activists from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, or BNP, and its main ally, Jamaat-e-Islami, protested against the country’s human rights issues.

[Maudud Ahmed, Former Law Minister]:

« This is a human chain program all over the country. And the program is aimed at protesting and condemning the government’s activities of repression, oppression on opposition and human rights violations. »

The BNP claims that police used force to stop protests against the recent arrests of dozens of BNP and Jamaat leaders who had been calling for an early election.

Police say the activists have been inciting violence since holding a countrywide strike last month.

The activities denied the charges and said the government is trying to « crush » anyone who speaks out against it.

Many Bangladeshis accuse Jamaat of opposing the country’s 1971 independence from Pakistan and its leaders of helping the Pakistani army in acts of genocide during the war.

One dead, more than 100 injured in Bangladesh clashes

7 07 2010

An activist has died and more than 100 have been wounded in clashes between police and anti-government protestors in Bangladesh.

The activist died in a stampede when police clashed with demonstrators in a town northwest of the capital, Dhaka.

The protesters are demanding early elections.

Police said the cause of death was a heart attack, but the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) blamed police for causing the stampede.

Hundreds of protesters from the BNP formed human chains in the capital and elsewhere.

At least 30 people were hurt in Dhaka.

Witnesses and officials says the protests are the most violent and widespread since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took office in January 2009.

The protests follow a national strike late last month.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 8 juillet 2010.

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