Scores injured in traffic protests in Bangladesh capital

On Saturday, police already used tear gas and batons to disperse crowds of protesters in Dhaka.

Students in their tens of thousands have brought parts of the capital to a standstill after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus.

The accident might have passed as an everyday occurrence in a city with notoriously unsafe traffic and in a country where more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in road accidents previous year. So far they stopped flag cars carrying senior cabinet ministers, Supreme Court judges alongside police and military vehicles to verify their drivers' valid papers and uploaded the pictures of the scenes on the social media when they were found to have lacked the licenses. Law enforcement agencies had proof that activists of the student wing of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) had been told to mix with protesters, Khan added, urging parents to steer children away from the 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.

"It would be shameful if the Sheikh Hasina government is deploying party hoodlums to target students for demanding safe roads", said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

A photographer is targetted during a student protest in Dhaka. News from Dhaka indicates that journalists were beaten up and their cameras snatched, with videos of such incidents circulating on social media.

An insensitive comment by Shajahan Khan, a government minister with ties to powerful transport unions, added to the anger on the streets earlier in the week.

The protesters are demanding safer roads in Bangladesh, where corruption is rife, making it easy for unlicensed drivers and unregistered vehicles to ply the roads.

"Yet again, Bangladesh authorities seem determined to take abusive shortcuts to problems, and then denounce those who criticize", Adams said.

They have ignored repeated calls from the government for them to return home.

In Chattogram, students gathered at GEC intersection in the city and staged protests.

Alam's organization, Drik Picture Library, said 30 to 35 men in plainclothes swept into his Dhaka apartment building, saying they were police detectives, and took him into custody. Local media have blamed groups linked to the Awami League.

Prothom Alo-the Bangladesh's highest circulated newspaper said that 3G and 4G internet services have been shut down for twenty-four hours since last Saturday, a little after the violence started.

The events in Dhaka have been compounded by the fact that the country's long-time ally India has recently made 4 million ethnic Bengalis in the Indian state of Assam effectively stateless by failing to list them on a registry of Indian citizens.

More than 4,200 people were killed in road accidents throughout Bangladesh past year, a 25 percent increase from 2016, according to private research group the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

Facebook wants more bank data to rebuild trust with users
Spokeswoman Elisabeth Diana has said "we don't use purchase data from banks or credit card companies for ads". Its latest effort? To try and convince banks to offer services inside Messenger, according to a new report .

Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube Remove all Content by Alex Jones
Facebook, YouTube, and Apple have banned Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory site Infowars from their platforms over hate speech. Among the theories he has promoted is that the September 11 , 2001, attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

MoviePass Is Changing its Plan Yet Again to Stay Afloat
Meanwhile, annual members will not be subject to the new three movie limit until it's time to renew their subscription. The stock rose 3 cents to 10 cents per share in early trading Monday, soaring over 45 percent on the new plan news.

‘Mighty Ducks’ Actor Shaun Weiss Arrested For Public Intoxication
Police say he was doing things like " shining a light in his own face " and they suspected he may have been high. The reason for the arrest was public intoxication, according to the Oroville Police Department .

Angelina Jolie wants divorce finalized by end of 2018
The actor was later cleared of all charges , while Jolie still retains full custody of their children. But the Los Angeles Times quoted a source close to Pitt saying that it was all "a publicity stunt".

European Union backs Iran after United States reinstates sanctions
They were previously relaxed under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal . "I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!" he tweeted.

OH 12th Congressional District Special Election Results
Trump was quick to claim victory, tweeting "When I chose to go to OH for Troy Balderson , he was down in early voting 64 to 36". And in suburban Seattle, three Democrats vied in a jungle primary for the seat held by another retiring Republican, Rep.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Claim Could Land Him in Regulatory Trouble
Tesla has been publicly traded since 2010, and has seen its share price rise from just under $20 then to $360 at time of writing. On Aug. 7, 2018, Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted gnomically: "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420".

Elon Musk tweets about going private and shares 'skyrocket'
They were initially driven higher after the Financial Times reported Saudi Arabia has quietly built a big stake in Tesla . In a second tweet on Tuesday, Mr Musk said taking the company private would not lead to a single dominant shareholder.

Acting President Osinbajo Fires DSS DG, Condemns Siege On NASS
Seiyefa, who hails from Bayelsa State, was before his new appointment the most senior director in the DSS - assistant DG.

SpaceX Re-Launches 'Block 5' Rocket for 1st Time, Nails Landing Again
It's also the first re-flight of the company's new, recyclable Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, which had its first launch back in May . Interested in SpaceX? Add SpaceX as an interest to stay up to date on the latest SpaceX news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

USA sports mogul Kroenke makes offer to buy Arsenal
Whether Usmanov could be believed is another matter, but at least he conveyed ambition in a way Kroenke never has. Arsenal's majority shareholder Stan Kroenke , center, hopes to take full ownership of the club.

Malaysia’s former PM Najib to be charged with money laundering
This relates to the case involving SRC International, a former unit of state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB ). All the charges relate to the scandal surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, which was set up and overseen by Najib.

Mendocino Complex Fire now 4th largest wildfire in California history
And it prompted the indefinite closure of some of the most popular parts of Yosemite National Park, officials announced on Sunday. A geophysicist and volcanologist, Gerst also worked as a volunteer firefighter while in school, according to his ESA biography .

Johnny Depp's Biggie Smalls Movie 'City of Lies' Pulled From Release Calendar
Brooks also alleges that he was sacked when he wouldn't agree not to sue, according to Associated Press reports . According to Deadline , Depp's movie was set to release on September 7, but that will no longer be the case.


More News

News
More News