Bangladesh govt. liable for violent clash:Police, protesters clash over controversial trials-Press TV report
12/03/2013 21:19 12/03/2013 21:17
Clashes have broken out between Bangladeshi police and protesters over controversial trials of opposition politicians.
On Tuesday, people took to the streets for the second consecutive day in the capital Dhaka to protest against controversial trials of opposition activists including leaders of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party.
Reports say several home-made bombs went off in the city. No injuries were immediately reported. Thousands of Bangladeshi security forces were reportedly positioned in the capital to maintain order.
On Monday, a similar protest took place in the city where protesters threw stones at security forces. In response, police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the angry demonstrators.
Following the rally, police arrested at least 100 activists and some senior leaders including a leader of the country's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Reports say that authorities released Alamgir on Tuesday afternoon.
A spate of violent clashes erupted in Bangladesh soon after the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayedee, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, to death for committing crimes during the country’s war of independence against Pakistan in 1971.
On March 2, police fired dozens of shots at supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, who had gathered in Chittagong district, southeast of the capital, Dhaka, killing three of them.
On the same day, a young protester was also shot dead after security forces opened fire to disperse demonstrators in Nilphamari district, northwest of Dhaka.
Earlier this month, the tribunal sentenced Jamaat's assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Molla to life in prison.
The verdict enraged the party's supporters, who staged a number of protest rallies in central Dhaka.
The tribunal has been tainted by accusations and controversies that it targets only opposition figures with trumped-up charges, allegations that the government has denied.
Rights groups also say the court’s legal procedures fall short of international standards
Bangladesh govt. liable for violent clashes: Stephen Lendman
An analyst says the Bangladeshi government is responsible for the violent clashes that are breaking out in the South Asian country as it has left the people no choice but to “fight fire with fire.”
The comment comes as clashes erupted between Bangladeshi police and protesters over controversial trials of opposition politicians including leaders of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party.
On Monday, hundreds of people took to the streets in the capital Dhaka where they threw stones at security forces. In response, police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the angry demonstrators.
Reports say home-made bombs exploded in central part of the city, where several people including protesters and security forces were injured.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Stephen Lendman, author and radio host in Chicago. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Mr. Lendman how serious do you see this period of time for Bangladesh? Is this going to cause further tension yet still to come for the country?
Lendman: It really seems like it will. It’s been going on for quite some time and I must say that [as for the] 1971 war, if there is one person I can put a finger on as having immense responsibility for that it was none other than Henry Kissinger and the Nixon administration but that’s another topic you can discuss it another time.
Bangladeshi politics can get very sticky and complicated. Jamarah is the main Islamist party. BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) is the main opposition party. Bangladesh claims to be a parliamentary democracy. You would never guess it by the way the country is ruled; it’s more a police state than anything else.
Press TV: So basically when we’re saying these opposition members including leader of the country’s main opposition group here are arrested so this means that there is going to be further action however by the opposition parties against what you are calling a police state there?
Yeah, I really think so, I mean when repression gets that extreme and it continues all the time and Bangladesh is a very very tough place to live in. Human rights are simply violated on a regular basis. Ordinary people get fed up. They’re courageous people; they decide they don’t want to take it anymore and they do something about it.
I don’t think you really want violent clashes but the government leaves no choice. The government is violent so people looking to be free and have the rights they deserve they fight fire with fire.
Source: Press TV, Iran
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