May 22, 1996 |
Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Dhaka as troops returned to their barracks after a two-day army mutiny. It was unclear how the crisis would affect next month's election, which Bangladeshis hope will help restore political stability and improve the economy of their poor nation of 120 million people. But the developments alarmed many in a country that has seen two presidents assassinated, three military coups and 18 coup attempts in its 25 years of independence.
July 1, 1994 |
Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists, demanding a feminist writer be put to death as a blaspheming infidel, clashed with opponents and police Thursday on the streets of Bangladesh's capital. Businesses in Dhaka were closed and the streets empty of traffic as the result of a half-day strike called by Islamic militants to demand Taslima Nasrin's execution for allegedly insulting the Koran.
June 28, 1994
Both foes and fans of Bangladesh's most controversial author plan to take to the capital's monsoon-washed streets Thursday. Muslim extremists have offered a reward for the assassination of feminist writer Taslima Nasrin, in hiding since a court ordered her arrest for offending Muslims, who make up about 90% of the country's population. Nasrin's crime: giving a newspaper interview in which she called for revision of the Koran, the Muslim holy book.
June 27, 1994 |
Feminist writer Taslima Nasrin, under threat of death from Muslim fundamentalists, is seeking asylum in the United States, Bangladesh newspapers reported. A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Dhaka said he was not aware of any request and noted that only people who are in the United States can apply for asylum. More than 4,000 protesters smashed car windshields and headlights as they marched to Parliament to demand Nasrin's execution.
November 27, 1992 |
Nearly 10,000 Bangladeshis who lost their jobs in Kuwait and Iraq because of the Gulf War staged a "bare-chest" demonstration in Dhaka on Thursday to demand their immediate re-employment abroad, witnesses said. The protesters said fewer than a quarter of the 62,000 Bangladeshis affected had found new jobs in Kuwait, and none had found work in Iraq. They blamed their plight on the Bangladesh government's indifference.
March 18, 1989 |
More than 50,000 Muslims left mosques and marched throughout the capital Friday before gathering at the government's headquarters to demand the death of author Salman Rushdie. Marchers chanted "We will kill Rushdie!" and gathered near the Secretariat, the headquarters of the government. Also Friday, about 3,000 Muslim fundamentalists in Sudan, some shouting "Down, down with Britain!"