More than 100 people were injured in Bangladesh on Saturday, August 4, after police fired rubber bullets at students protesters, a doctor and witnesses said, a major escalation in a stand-off between the government and demonstrators.
The protesters were attacked by some people who were alleged to be linked to the ruling party activists with some of them armed with machetes, Dhaka's Dhanmondi neighborhoods.
The authorities have shut down mobile Internet services across swathes of the country.
Nihad El Aabedy and Raheela Mahomed report. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat was returning from dinner at the time of the attack.
Today, protests have taken a violent turn in Dhaka's Jigatala neighbourhood.
Separately, the auto of outgoing USA ambassador Marcia Bernicat was attacked by armed men, some on motorcycles, in Dhaka on Saturday, the embassy said in a statement. The 17-year-old student, Ridwanul Islam, said, "We want justice after the accident".
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He spent a few hours in a local jail cell until he sobered up, but was not formally charged. After pleading no contest, he was sentenced to 150 days in the Los Angeles County Jail.
An Associated Press journalist at the scene said many people, including some journalists, were injured in the clashes.
Bangladesh's 'Awami League Government' has made several attempts to stop the protest of students running for a week but the movement is still in progress.
Bangladesh's cabinet would consider capital punishment for traffic accident deaths, a law ministry official said, as thousands of students protested on Sunday for an eighth day over the deaths of the two teenagers in the capital Dhaka. Transport workers, who went on a virtual shutdown citing security reasons for the past eight days took to the street and clashed with protestors, prompting police to use batons and tear gas canisters.
Dhaka's additional deputy commissioner of police, Obaidur Rahman, said Alam was arrested on charges of spreading rumors on social media, aiming to incite violence.
The demonstrating students stopped thousands of vehicles during the protests, including those of top officials, checking if the cars were registered and the drivers licensed.
Protesters, some as young as 13, have been stopping traffic on Dhaka's notoriously clogged streets to check vehicles and drivers have valid documents before letting them drive on. At least 12,000 people die each year in road accidents in Bangladesh.
Detectives also detained award winning photographer Shahidul Alam, founder of Drik Picture Library, last night for interrogation over his Facebook posts on the ongoing student protest.
In Rajshahi, students of different schools and colleges gathered at Zero Point at Saheb Bazar of the city around 1030 hrs protesting the attack on students during their demonstrations and seeking safer roads. They also staged a demonstration at the Gabtoli Bus Terminal in Dhaka.