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Student protests in Bangladesh reflect widespread resentment of government and likely mass unrest ahead of 2019 election

10 August 2018


On 6 August, students – including school children – protested in Dhaka for a ninth consecutive day to demand improved road safety regulations.

The protests were initially triggered by the death of two children in a road accident on 29 July but quickly spread across the capital, leading to widespread fighting with riot police armed with batons and tear gas. International media estimated that up to 150 people have been wounded, but accurate figures are unavailable due to the Awami League (AL) government’s clampdown on domestic media coverage of the protests. Internet services were either suspended or slowed and journalists covering the protests were reportedly attacked, triggering demands from journalists’ unions for the authorities to detain those responsible by 10 August or risk a separate protest movement by media workers.

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