Violent Islamist protests in Dhaka

Police in Bangladesh clashed with demonstrators from the Hefazat-e-Islam movement in the capital Dhaka. The violent protests have already left 22 people dead and over a hundred injured.
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    Police fire rubber bullets at demonstrators during protests in Dhaka on 5 May. At least 22 people have been killed in the clashes with thousands of Islamists demanding a new blasphemy law in the Bangladeshi capital. AFP
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    Supporters of the Hefazat-e-Islam movement blocked nearly all the roads leading into Dhaka, and set fire to office of the Communist Party of Bangladesh while ransacking several business establishments in Purana Paltan in central Dhaka. AP
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    A man carries an injured Islamist protester. The demonstrators are demanding tough laws against bloggers and writers who they believe have insulted the Prophet Mohammed. A similar demonstration in February left four people dead. AFP
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    Activists from the Hefajat-e Islam pray during the protests. In February, bloggers launched a sit-in campaign at Dhaka’s Shahbagh Square, demanding a ban on Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami. Reuters
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    The protesters’ 13-point demands include the enactment of a blasphemy law to punish those who insult Islam and the Prophet, bans on free mixing of men and women and a declaration that the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect is non-Muslim. Reuters
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    An injured police officer is carried off. PM Sheikh Hasina, who rubbished these demands in April, held a meeting with party colleagues, while the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, expressed its support to the protesters. Reuters
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    Despite stern warnings from the government there seems no ennd to the clashes with hundreds of injured and the victims being taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. AP

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