Friday, March 1, 2013

Violent Protests In Bangladesh Continue

Death Toll From Bangladesh Unrest Reaches 44 -- New York Times

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The death toll from violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Bangladesh reached at least 44 on Friday, one day after a special war crimes tribunal handed down a death sentence to an Islamic leader for crimes against humanity committed 42 years ago, during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

The verdict against Islamic leader, Delawar Hossain Sayedee, a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist party, resonated across the country. It was celebrated by the hundreds of thousands of young protesters who have taken to the streets in recent weeks to condemn Jamaat and demand justice in the war crimes cases against other party leaders, insisting that those who were convicted be hanged.

“This verdict is a victory for the people,” declared Imran H. Sarkar, a blogger and an organizer of the protests, during a rally on Thursday afternoon.

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More News On The Unrest In Bangladesh

At least 52 killed in Bangladesh riots -- Financial Times
Bangladesh war crimes verdict sparks more violence -- BBC
Bangladesh clashes over war crimes verdicts kill 52 -- Times of India/AFP
At least 44 dead in Bangladesh protests over death sentence for Islamic leader -- Globe and Mail/AP
Bangladesh Tense After Deadly Riots -- Wall Street Journal
Death toll in Bangladesh war crimes clashes rises to 53 -- International News
New clashes erupt in Bangladesh -- Al Jazeera
More conflict as Dhaka prosecutes war criminals -- Deutsche Welle
Violent Street Clashes In Bangladesh Leave Dozens Dead -- NPR
Seeking war crimes justice, Bangladesh protesters fight 'anti-Islam' label -- CNN
Sentencing of Islamist leader brings unhealed rifts to surface in Bangladesh -- Christian Science Monitor

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