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March 20, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Nearly 200 people were injured in raging battles in Dhaka as Bangladesh's newly elected Parliament met shortly after Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was sworn in for a second term, defying opposition protests and apparent diplomatic disapproval of the elections. Witnesses said battles erupted as tens of thousands of opposition activists tried to storm Parliament. Police and paramilitary forces matched bomb-throwing protesters with rubber bullets, tear gas and batons.
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March 1, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
NEW DELHI -- Police and demonstrators in Bangladesh clashed for a second day Friday as the death toll rose to at least 37 in violence sparked by a controversial death sentence handed down against the head of an Islamic party for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence. Local media reported that two people were killed in the rioting Friday, adding to 35 or more deaths after the sentencing of Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a senior leader in Bangladesh's largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami.
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February 12, 1988
Continued political violence left 100 more rioters wounded in Bangladesh, a day after election clashes took at least 80 lives. Police said street battles between supporters of rival candidates in local elections raged in three towns near the capital of Dhaka, with crowds exchanging gunfire and volleys of rocks and homemade bombs. Opposition groups blamed the violence on activists backing President Hussain Mohammed Ershad.
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September 13, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
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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.
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May 6, 1989 | From Reuters
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.
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September 13, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
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July 1, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 14, 1990 | Reuters
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.
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March 20, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Nearly 200 people were injured in raging battles in Dhaka as Bangladesh's newly elected Parliament met shortly after Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was sworn in for a second term, defying opposition protests and apparent diplomatic disapproval of the elections. Witnesses said battles erupted as tens of thousands of opposition activists tried to storm Parliament. Police and paramilitary forces matched bomb-throwing protesters with rubber bullets, tear gas and batons.
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July 1, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 30, 1990 | Associated Press
Police on Saturday fired on thousands of rioting prisoners demanding freedom, killing at least three and wounding more than 90, officials said. At least 33 guards were injured after inmates stormed the jail's main gate with iron rods and sticks, said a police spokesman. About 5,000 convicts and detainees awaiting trial took part in the riot at Dhaka Central Jail. Police opened fire as some tried to scale the walls, a senior police official said.
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October 14, 1990 | Reuters
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.
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May 6, 1989 | From Reuters
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.
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July 23, 1987 | From Reuters
Protesters burned down an army recruiting center and at least 100 people were injured as widespread violence erupted during a general strike against the government in Bangladesh on Wednesday, witnesses said. They said nearly 400 opposition militants set the army center on fire in Dhaka's crowded Azimpur residential district, gutting the single-story brick building. The militants then assaulted the occupants and also set two military vehicles ablaze.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 12, 1988
Continued political violence left 100 more rioters wounded in Bangladesh, a day after election clashes took at least 80 lives. Police said street battles between supporters of rival candidates in local elections raged in three towns near the capital of Dhaka, with crowds exchanging gunfire and volleys of rocks and homemade bombs. Opposition groups blamed the violence on activists backing President Hussain Mohammed Ershad.
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