January 29, 1989
Bangladesh officials suspended municipal voting at scores of polling places around the country after an outbreak in political violence left six people dead and about 200 injured, authorities said. About 15,000 police and village guards had been deployed to protect polling stations during the voting for 80 municipal councils after earlier campaign violence. But balloting was halted after repeated clashes involving groups of rival candidates, supporters and police.
May 6, 1989 |
At least 14 women were killed and about 30 were injured when thousands of beggars stampeded Friday for free clothes distributed by a rich merchant in Chandpur, southern Bangladesh, hospital sources said. They said 14 women and children were taken to hospital in serious condition. Unofficial sources put the death toll at 20 and said nearly 70 were injured. Police said the victims were in a long line outside the home of Fazlur Rahman Choudhury and were trampled by a pushing crowd as soon as the distribution started.
September 13, 1999 |
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Sunday to disperse nearly 3,000 anti-government protesters who exploded crude bombs, attacked government offices and set vehicles on fire. At least 150 people were injured. Burned-out tear gas shells, splinters of homemade bombs, rocks and sticks littered downtown Dhaka streets near government offices after more than two hours of fighting between police and protesters. Police detained dozens of the protesters.
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.
October 14, 1990 |
Police fired on rioting Bangladeshi students Saturday, killing three and wounding at least 50 people in a wave of anti-government protests, witnesses said. They said students set at least six vehicles on fire and damaged scores of government and commercial buildings in Dhaka and the country's southern port city of Chittagong.