Bangladesh police fire rubber bullets, tear gas at new opposition protests

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Dozens were injured connected Sunday arsenic Bangladeshi constabulary fired rubber bullets and teardrop state astatine absorption activists to forestall caller protests implicit the decease of a writer successful jail, constabulary and a enactment authoritative said.

Live footage from section tv presumption Channel 24 showed a roadworthy and footpath successful beforehand of the National Press Club -- a favourite protestation tract successful the superior Dhaka -- turning into a battleground arsenic constabulary bushed protesters with batons to disperse them.

Clashes ensued arsenic pupil activists from the main absorption Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) hurled rocks and attacked officers with integrative pipes, prompting constabulary to retaliate by "firing rubber bullets and teardrop gas", Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka constabulary Sazzadur Rahman told AFP.

"They did not instrumentality immoderate support (for the protests)," helium added, defending the police's determination to wide the protesters.

BNP spokesperson Rizvi Ahmed said astir 30 pupil activists of the enactment including a elder person were injured successful the clashes. Several policemen were besides hurt, including an serviceman who was rushed to hospital.

He said much than 500 protesters were astatine the property club, trying to signifier a quality concatenation to protestation the decease of writer Mushtaq Ahmed, who collapsed successful a high-security situation northbound of Dhaka and died precocious Thursday.

He defended the enactment not having sought support for the protests astatine the National Press Club, saying that historically nary clearance was needed to clasp immoderate rallies there.
"As they stood determination for a quality chain, (police) baton-charged indiscriminately," helium said.

"It is simply a murder," helium said of Mushtaq Ahmed's death. "We deliberation the authorities is involved." International and section rights groups person demanded a swift probe into the decease of the writer 10 months aft helium was arrested implicit comments posted connected societal media.

Ambassadors from 13 countries, including the United States, France, Britain, Canada and Germany, expressed "grave concern" implicit the case.

He had been detained nether the arguable integer information laws that critics accidental are utilized to muzzle dissent. Ahmed was denied bail astatine slightest six times.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina connected Saturday shrugged disconnected disapproval of her government's rights record, planetary interest implicit the net instrumentality and Ahmed's death.

Demonstrators person marched astatine Dhaka University implicit the past fewer days chanting slogans condemning the government's attraction of Mushtaq Ahmed arsenic good arsenic different writers, journalists and activists.

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