Violence continues in Bangladesh capital as students protest


As protests erupt in Bangladesh over the death of two teenagers killed by a speeding bus, anger around the South Asian country's road safety has spilt into the streets of Australia.

The unrest quickly spread beyond the capital.

"Bangladeshi authorities must immediately halt the violence perpetrated by government supporters against protesters and journalists and respect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly", he said.

The protests have sometimes turned violent, with angry mobs vandalising vehicles and confronting drivers.

As she was leaving around 11 PM, a group of miscreants gave a chase and threw bricks at the auto she was in, Majumder told UNB.

"The ambassador and her security team departed the area unharmed. however, two security vehicles sustained some damage", it said.

"Teenagers attacked Awami League's party office".

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Dhaka Police spokesperson Masudur Rahman said it was not true and that nothing happened at Jigatola.

A photographer for an global news organisation was among those beaten.

The trigger for the protests and the subsequent crackdown might have stemmed from demands for road safety, but the larger context is a sense of dissatisfaction with the ruling party. She cited the students' safety, saying, "I request all guardians and parents to keep their children at home".

For more than a week, Bangladesh has been gripped by mass protests triggered by the death of two children in a traffic accident.

Police used tear gas to disperse crowds on Sunday, and at least 50 protesters have also been injured in street attacks.

Dozens of students have been injured by the police in clashes ever since the protests began, according to several media reports.

The Awami League also refuted accusations that its members attacked protesters.

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The country's highest circulated newspaper Prothom Alo said 3G and 4G internet services have been shut down for 24 hours since late Saturday, shortly after the violence broke out.

The protests, rare for Bangladesh, continued for days with thousands of pupils and students essentially bringing the capital to a standstill.

Students have been expressing an outcry for help on social media using the hashtag #RoadSafety. They include strict enforcement of traffic laws, ensuring safe roads and eradicating corruption in the transport sector.

The students of Jadavpur University raised slogans against Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and burnt her effigy.

After a week of protests that saw several schools closed, government officials Saturday urged students to end their demonstrations and return to classrooms, the news agency reported.

But their pleas have had little effect.

An insensitive comment by Shajahan Khan, a government minister with ties to powerful transport unions, only poured oil onto the fire earlier in the week.

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Adding to citizens' anger, a bus hit and killed a biker on Friday morning in Dhaka's Moghbazar.