Two Days of Riots in Bangladesh turn Deadly

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    Two Days of Riots in Bangladesh turn Deadly


    Violence erupted across Bangladesh on Monday as Islamist fundamentalists demanding passage of an anti-blasphemy law clashed with security forces, leaving a trail of property damage and at least 22 people dead after a second day of unrest.


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    The skirmishes began Sunday when thousands of Islamic activists staged a march on Dhaka, the capital, followed by speeches and a mass demonstration. The authorities say several hundred shops were vandalized, and local television channels showed fires in the central part of the city. Later, when protesters refused to leave, security officers unleashed tear gas and fired rubber bullets to drive them out of the capital.

    The confrontations escalated on Monday, as a major clash occurred about 15 miles outside the capital in the district of Narayanganj, where photographs show stick-wielding protesters fighting police officers in riot gear. Bangladeshi news media reported that three security officers were beaten to death while a dozen other people were killed, including protesters shot by the police. Traffic was halted for at least eight hours on one of the country’s most important highways, connecting Dhaka with the southern port of Chittagong.

    “They put trees and bricks and many other things on the road,” said S. M. Ashrafuzzaman, a police official in Narayanganj. “When police went to clear the road, they attacked police.”

    For nearly two weeks, Bangladesh’s feuding political parties and Islamic movements have essentially called a truce as the country reeled from the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which has left 661 people dead, a figure expected to rise as work crews continue clearing the wreckage. Five clothing factories operated inside the building, and the disaster has focused global attention on unsafe conditions in the garment industry.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had called on Islamic hard-liners to postpone their planned march — described as Siege Dhaka by supporters on social media — but they refused. The march was organized by Hefajat-e-Islam, a group of Islamic hard-liners who have called for Bangladesh’s Constitution to be drastically amended with a 13-point program that would ban intermingling between men and women and punish by execution Bangladeshi bloggers accused of blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad.

    Later on Monday, the authorities detained Junaid Babunagari, Hefajat-e-Islam’s secretary general, in Dhaka for interrogation, though the group’s spiritual leader, Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi, was allowed to leave the capital for Chittagong. Supporters of the Islamic movement accused security officers of staging an unjustified assault — claiming that numerous protesters had been killed — and contended that the government was persecuting members of their movement.

    Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim nation with a Constitution that defines the country as a secular democratic republic. Ministers in the governing Awami League have criticized the Islamic hard-liners, accusing them of conspiring with opposition political parties in an attempt to destabilize the government. Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, the home minister, told reporters on Monday that Hefajat would be prohibited from staging future demonstrations.

    “If necessary,” he said, according to The Daily Star, an English-language newspaper, “the Hefajat men won’t be allowed to come out of their houses.”

    Hefajat issued a statement calling for a day of prayer to honor the victims of the violence, but there was no indication that the group was softening its demands.

    By Monday afternoon, the authorities said the violence had spread south to Hathazari, a suburb of Chittagong that is home to a madrasa affiliated with Hefajat. Protesters blocked roads in protest of police actions in Dhaka. At least four people, including an off-duty Army officer, died, the police said.

    “They started throwing brick chips, bottles and some other hard substances,” said A. K. M. Liaquat Ali, the officer in charge of the Hathazari police station. “They torched a vehicle and also set fire to some local shops.”


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    This is another country going to dogs !! whatever little economic growth potentials it has will go down the drain...
     
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    No they are not. They are fighting to protect their values. They have stood up to fundamentalism with far more spine and balls than anyone has in India. If anything we can learn a thing or two from them. Fundamentalists in Bangladesh will not succeed. They could become the shining light to other Liberal Islamic countries that have their resident psychopaths.
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    @Singh @Yusuf


    Can we run an advertising campaign on Bangladeshi websites to invite liberal (or loonies) bangladeshis to the forum?
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    Is 1971 going to be repeated ? :confused:
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The liberals are in majority and they are fighting back the Fundamentalists and the flotsam and jetsam of the Bangladesh Liberation struggle, the Jamaait and the Razakaars, who supported the Pakistan Army in Operation Searchlight, to kill intellectuals and others and rape, burn and destroy everything.

    The Jamaait is funded and flush with Saudi money!
     
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    If the moderates/liberals give in to the demands of radicals then BD is on it's way to Pakistan the extremist radical country headache to the world peace.

    Also does pakis have hand in this? They do want BD to become like them specially when BD started snatching some business from Pakis.

    So BD should fight this battle for the better future of their country.
     
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    Bangladesh's Kamaruzzaman sentenced to death

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    Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was charged with seven counts of torture and mass murder

    The deputy head of Bangladesh's opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party has been sentenced to death by the country's war crimes tribunal.

    Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was found guilty on five out of seven counts of torture and mass murder committed during the 1971 war of independence.

    The tribunal was set up in 2010 to try people accused of collaboration.

    Kamaruzzaman, who denied the charges and said his trial was politically motivated, is set to appeal.

    Jamaat says the government is using the trials to curb opposition activities ahead of elections due next year.

    International rights groups, meanwhile, say the tribunal falls short of international standards.

    Street battles
    In a packed Dhaka court room, Kamaruzzaman was convicted of mass killings, rape, torture and kidnapping, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.

    The verdict prompted cheers of celebration from crowds gathered outside, says the BBC's Masud Khan in Dhaka.

    Kamaruzzaman, who would have been about 18 during Bangladesh's secession war, was charged in August 2010, a month after being arrested in a separate criminal case.

    He was accused of being a key organiser of the al-Badr, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani army which killed Bangladeshi intellectuals during the 1971 conflict.

    His conviction comes at a testing time for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who has made prosecution of 1971 war crimes one of her government's key goals.

    Analysts say the death sentence will only exacerbate an already febrile situation in a country where police and Islamist protesters have this week been fighting deadly battles on the streets of the capital Dhaka.

    The umbrella organisation behind the protests - of which Jamaat is a part - is calling for the introduction of more Islamic laws, and has shown it can easily mobilise vast numbers onto the streets.

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    Nine senior figures from Jamaat have been among 12 people charged with war crimes by the tribunal.

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    Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi was sentenced to death for war crimes in February

    Jamaat, the country's largest Islamist party, was opposed to Bangladeshi independence but denies any role in war crimes committed by pro-Pakistan militias.

    All those accused of war crimes have denied the charges against them. The convictions of three leading Islamists - including Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, who was sentenced to death in February - sparked protests in which dozens of people were killed.

    The tribunal was established by the government in 2010 to try Bangladeshis accused of collaborating with Pakistani forces who attempted to stop the former East Pakistan from gaining independence.

    The exact number of people killed during the nine-month war of secession is unclear: official Bangladeshi figures suggest as many as three million people died, but independent researchers suggest the death-toll was around 500,000.

    BBC News - Bangladesh's Kamaruzzaman sentenced to death

     
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    If we send back the 30+ million BD's back to their god forsaken country, their so called impressive growth
    won't even be able to feed their people.
     
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    Time will tell the truth... With the popularity of AL at all time low It seems that AL is going to loose the next election and the BNP backed by Fundamentalist will come to power...
     
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    But !! who will bell the cat ?
     
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    If you have had a chance of talking to internet BD punks, most of them are Jamaati's and are staunchly anti-India (read Hindu).They see RAW-Mossad-CIA involvement in every little thing that happens in their country, just like their western brothers.They also mock the Indian Bengali Hindu's as slaves of Hindi speaking north Indians and consider themselves the flag bearers of Bengali identity.:laugh:

    It is only due to AL government that they are well in control but still they have supported HuJI like groups to spread terrorism in India in the past and will do so in the future as soon as BNP+Jamaat comes. They have already chased out the likes of Taslima Nasreen from their country and on their way to become the next pukeland without Nukes.
     
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    Agreed!!

    The Bengalis in Bangladesh sufer from very high degree of inferiority complex v/s Indian Bengalis... apart from what you had stated the Bengali culture in India is very rich & doing very well... Indian Bengalis has out performed the Bangladeshi's in all spheres be it arts, science, culture, literature you name it.. Bangladeshi's are hell bound to prove a point to Indian Bengalis...

    Indian Bengalis are very patriotic and confident about their culture & language and it does not run contrary to the Indian ethos & concept of nationhood in any way...we do not need any certificates from any one...

    India have to think beyond AL my assessment is AL will not be able to safe guard India's interest in Bangladesh solely we have to think something different and out of the box... The current fundamentalist movement in Bangladesh is directed towards Hindu minority & educated class there who constitutes arounf 11% of the population...
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    The less Jamatis in this world the better, Bangladesh police should crack down on them as ruthlessly as possible.
     

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