Bangladesh Protests

  • Bangladesh: Editor of proOpposition daily arrested April 11, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh police on Thursday arrested the editor of the Bengali daily 'Amar Desh', a proopposition newspaper, on charges of sedition and inciting religious tension. Plainclothesmen picked up Mahmudur Rahman in a raid on the newspaper office at Karwan Bazar area and police said he was taken away for initial...
  • Blast, arson mark opposition strike in Bangladesh March 18, 2013

    Dhaka: Several buses were set afire and crude bombs exploded as Bangladesh's main opposition BNP and its right-wing allies enforced a two-day nationwide strike from Monday for the release of their detained leaders and cadres. Capital Dhaka and several other cities witnessed sporadic violence during the anti-government protests but no...
  • 30 Minutes: Inside Bangladesh March 17, 2013

    42 years after Bangladesh was liberated, it is resonating with nationalist chants that are demanding hanging of war criminals and are looking for closure to the country's darkest chapter. ...
  • Bangladesh: Jamaat leader held for inciting anti-Hindus attacks March 15, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh police on Thursday arrested a sub-district chairman and local leader of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami for inciting attacks on Hindus and temples in southeastern Chittagong as minorities appeared to be targets of past two weeks of violence over 1971 war crimes trial. "Police and (elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion) RAB...
  • Bangladesh: 154 opposition activists sent to jail March 12, 2013

    Dhaka: As many as 154 opposition activists, who were detained during a raid on their headquarters Monday night, were sent to jail Tuesday in connection with two assault cases against them. The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Dhaka passed the order sending the activists to jail after they were produced...
  • Bangladesh: Crude bombs hurled at BNP office March 11, 2013

    Dhaka: Three to four crude bombs were hurled at the office of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Naya Paltan, where a meeting of the party was going on. However, no one was injured. The BNP has called for strike in Dhaka on Wednesday, as fears grow of more violence in the...
  • Bangladesh: One policeman dead as JI scales up agitation after tribunal verdict March 10, 2013

    Protests in Dhaka pressing for a ban on the Jamaat-e-Islaami continued after its vice president was sentenced to death for 1971 war crimes by a tribunal. The JI has scaled up its agitation and a policeman was killed in clashes with its activists on Sunday. ...
  • Bangladesh bracing for another day of protests March 10, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's main opposition BNP and its ally Jamaat-E-Islami have once again called for nationwide bandh and protest on Sunday, demanding death penalty for those found guilty of war crimes in 1971. However, normalcy prevailed in Dhaka barring few pockets. The Shahbag movement which started a month back still continues,...
  • B'desh oppn calls for nationwide shutdown tomorrow March 6, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's main opposition BNP called for a nationwide shutdown on Thursday after police fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets to break up anti-government protests, injuring scores. Police fired rubber bullets and teargas shells at a BNP demonstration after being attacked by activists of Jamaat-e-Islami at Nayapaltan. Senior BNP leaders...
  • The Last Word: How should we understand the momentous political developments in Bangladesh? March 5, 2013

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday night sent a strong message to Bangladesh, rocked by violence, counselling that political differences be resolved through dialogue and communal peace and harmony maintained. ...
  • President's meeting with Zia called off due to security concerns: Ranjan Mathai March 4, 2013

    Bangladesh's key Opposition leader Khaleda Zia cancelled a plan meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday even as fresh violence marred his first foreign trip since taking over presidency. "We had fixed a time for Khaleda Zia to call on the President. The President was in fact looking forward to...
  • Bangladesh: 21 killed during nationwide strike March 4, 2013

    Dhaka: Twenty one more people have been killed in clashes between Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) supporters and police taking the toll to about 80 after a tribunal awarded death penalty to Islamist leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee for 1971 war crimes. A two-day strike called by JI that started on Sunday coincided with...
  • Pranab Mukherjee's Bangladesh trip begins on Sunday March 3, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Bangladesh on March 3-5 in a trip that is expected to take bilateral relations between the two neighbours to new heights. Mukherjee, in his first trip abroad after assuming presidency, is accompanied by Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and four MPs....
  • US asks Bangladesh to help calm the situation March 2, 2013

    Washington: Expressing concern over eruption of violence in the country that has killed more than 46 people, the US has asked Bangladesh to help calm the ongoing situation and demanded citizens to engage in peaceful protest. "While engaging in a peaceful protest is a fundamental democratic right, we believe violence...
  • Bangladesh: Rioting over court decision kills 44 March 2, 2013

    Dhaka: Protesters clashed with police for the second day on Friday as the death toll rose to at least 44 from violence triggered by a death sentence given to an Islamic party leader for crimes linked to Bangladesh's 1971 independence war, police said. The latest fighting broke out in northern...
  • Bangladesh: 23 killed after war crimes verdict February 28, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh was on the boil on Thursday as at least 23 people, including three policemen, were killed and scores injured in violence after a death sentence was handed down to a top leader of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami for "crimes against humanity" during the 1971 liberation war. The violence followed...
  • Bangladesh: Protesters urge death for Islamic politician February 27, 2013

    Dhaka: Thousands of people demonstrated in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka to demand a death sentence for an Islamic party leader accused of committing atrocities during the country's 1971 Liberation war. More than 5,000 people rallied on Wednesday after a special tribunal said it would deliver its verdict against Delwar Hossain Sayedee...
  • Bangladesh protests: Four Jamaat activists shot dead by police February 25, 2013

    The Jamaat activists have been demanding punishment for bloggers who they accuse of maligning Islam. ...
  • Bangladesh: Two killed in fresh clashes February 23, 2013

    Dhaka: Two people were killed on Saturday in continuing violence in Bangladesh as supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party clashed with police while thousands of anti-Islamist protestors vowed to carry on their street campaign demanding death penalty for radical leaders being tried for alleged war crimes. The violence came after four people...
  • Bangladesh: Three die in JamaateIslami's bandh February 19, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh remained tense as three people died in clashes during a bandh called by the country's right wing extremist party JamaateIslami to halt an ongoing trial of their top leaders for 1971 war crimes. The bandh was called in protest against the ongoing trial of the party's extremist leader,...
  • Bangladesh: JamaateIslami calls for countrywide bandh February 18, 2013

    Dhaka: Dhaka is bracing for a day of violence on Monday, after the JamaateIslami called for a bandh across the country to protest against what they see as a victimisation of their party. The right wing extremists were caught at the centre of a controversy after students in many Bangladeshi...
  • Bangladesh Parliament moves to ban JamaateIslami February 18, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh Parliament on Sunday amended the war crimes law to allow the prosecution to try and punish any organisations, including the JamaateIslami, a significant move that could pave the way for banning the country's largest Islamic party. The move was cheered by tens of thousands of protesters who have...
  • Bangladesh: Don't mix religion with our political scenario, say protesters February 18, 2013

    Over one lakh protesters took to the streets in Dhaka after the murder of a blogger, demanding death penalty for those found guilty of war crimes in 1971. "They have no right to do politics in our country because they are using religion in our political scenario which is total...
  • Blogger's death rocks Bangladesh, spurs on protesters February 18, 2013

    Dhaka: Over one lakh protesters took to the streets in Dhaka after the murder of a blogger, demanding death penalty for those found guilty of war crimes in 1971. Protesters are also demanding the immediate arrest of the killers. Dhaka has been rocked by protests over the past few days calling...
  • Bangladesh: AntiIslamist blogger stabbed to death February 18, 2013

    Dhaka: A Bangladeshi blogger, who had been critical of Islamist groups, has been killed, prompting the protesters in Dhaka to continue their round the clock sitin vigil demanding death penalties for 1971 war criminals. Rajib Haidar, 30, an architect and Shahbagh protest activist, was stabbed to death near his house...
  • Bangladesh: Three Islamists killed during protests February 18, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladeshi police on Friday shot dead three Islamist activists who were protesting against two of their leaders' convictions for war crimes, while far larger demonstrations calling for the men to be executed continued for an 11th day. A tribunal sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah to life in prison on February...
  • Bangladesh witnesses violence over war crimes trial February 13, 2013

    Dhaka: Several people were injured on Wednesday after violence gripped the Bangladeshi capital following fundamentalist JamaateIslami activists' violent protests at several places to protest the ongoing 1971 war trials. Angry at the sentencing of JI's assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah by a special tribunal which found him guilty of war...