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Bangladesh Unversity Opens After 10 Weeks

September 28, 1987|From Reuters

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Hundreds of teachers and students staged a "peace march" watched by police when Dhaka University reopened Sunday after a 10-week break caused by campus fighting.

Before leading the march down the 18,000-student campus, Vice Chancellor Abdul Mannan asked his pupils to "drop guns and behave like students."

But Mannan cut his speech short when a group shouted demands that 11 student supporters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, expelled on charges of violence, be allowed back into the university. It has been a traditional stronghold for opposition political parties.

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