Thousands of angry students clash with police in Bangladesh


Demonstrations have flared repeatedly in Dhaka since two students were killed by speeding buses on July 29.

More than 100 people were injured in Bangladesh on Saturday, August 4, after police fired rubber bullets at students protesters, a doctor and witnesses said, a major escalation in a stand-off between the government and demonstrators.

Student protesters have been taking to the streets in Bangladesh's capital to demand safer roads.

The report claimed that at least 150 people - including students, pedestrians, journalists and ruling party activists - were wounded in the unrest.

As the protests grew in recent days, students stopped vehicles - including those belonging to government officials - to ask them for their papers and licenses. "Our police force has started a week-long drive to bring discipline on the roads", Ms Hasina said at an event in Dhaka yesterday. We want guarantee of natural death, " Mohammad Selim, a 10th grader, told dpa while holding placard that said "We want justice".

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Washington D.C., Aug 5: The motorcade of United States Ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Bernicat, was the subject of a late-night attack in Mohammadpur, Dhaka, on Saturday, as she was leaving a farewell dinner organised for the chief of a non-governmental organisation.

In order to prevent the students from getting out and staging a protest, the police kept hurling tear gas shells on the road in front of the university.

Amid the violence, armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the U.S. ambassador on Saturday night.

Earlier this week Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met with relatives of the two students who were killed. "Whatever they have done is enough", the prime minister said from her office.

A auto carrying USA ambassador Marcia Bernicat was also attacked by "armed men" but she escaped unscathed, the embassy said.

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Law enforcement agencies had proof that activists of the student wing of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) had been told to mix with protesters, Khan added, urging parents to steer children away from the protests.

Images and photos of the attacks on students allegedly by the ruling party activists have flooded the social media, prompting renewed outrage.

"There is no justification whatsoever for detaining anyone for exclusively peacefully expressing their views", Omar Waraich, Amnesty's deputy South Asia director, said in a statement.

Teenagers as young as 13 were seen on Dhaka's notoriously clogged roads checking whether cars and buses had valid licences and were in a roadworthy condition. The owners and workers of the bus companies have said they will not run their vehicles unless they feel safe after dozens of vehicles were either vandalized or torched in Dhaka and elsewhere.

It was not immediately clear how many people may have been injured.

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"Nothing can justify the brutal attacks and violence over the weekend against the thousands of young people who have been peacefully exercising their democratic rights", a statement on the embassy's Facebook page said.