Protesters paralyse parts of Bangladesh after bus kills two students


Police in Bangladesh's capital fired tear gas and used batons on Saturday to disperse hundreds of protesting students angry over the traffic deaths of two fellow students, leaving many people injured.

More than 100 teens were reported to have been injured today after a standoff between police and students protesting against poor road safety in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the protesters to go home, and authorities have reportedly shut down mobile internet services in much of the country in an apparent bid to slow down protest mobilization and the spread of material that could cause further public outrage.

Nihad El Aabedy and Raheela Mahomed report.

On Saturday, the protests took a violent turn in Dhaka's Jigatala neighborhood.

Thousands of students have been protesting traffic conditions in Dhaka over the past week, but it is still unclear whether Saturday's attack on the us ambassador was related to those protests.

Witnesses said police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators and that alleged pro-government activists attacked youngsters, including some of those rushing to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Kamal told Reuters this past week that the government has promised students it will fulfill their demands.

Her Awami League party has also defended the actions of party activists accused of violence.

"We can confirm there was a protest near an event the Ambassador was attending this evening".

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Hospital staff said dozens of people had been injured, some seriously. "A few of them were in very bad condition", emergency ward doctor Abdus Shabbir said, adding some sported injuries consistent with rubber bullets.

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

Majumder, however, said they had been unable to contact police over the incident, and were still feeling insecure at the time of filing this report as the miscreants are still positioned outside his house.

It also called for the immediate release of Shahidul Alam, 63, a renowned Bangladeshi photographer who was detained on Sunday night after giving an interview to Al Jazeera about the protests.

Rights group Amnesty International called on the government to stop its "violent crackdown" on "overwhelmingly peaceful student protestors". "Yet rubber bullets were shot at our brothers", student Sabbir Hossain said.

The violence continued on Sunday with police firing tear gas into a large crowd marching toward an office of the ruling Awami League party, an AFP correspondent said.

The protests come just months before general elections scheduled for December and follow another series of protests in Dhaka this past spring.

In Melbourne, Australia, a school of music and arts for children of Bangladeshi descent named Anondodhara organized a symbolic protest to show solidarity for the ongoing demands of the students in Bangladesh to have safe roads.

But their pleas have had little effect.