Deadly protests following court ruling in Bangladesh

Austin Montgomery

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Following the death sentencing of an Islamist party leader, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi for war crimes, police have continued to clash with party supporters, leaving 58 dead since the protests began on Thursday.

According to the BBC, the violence in Bangladesh is the worst day of political violence in decades.

Sayeedi was convicted on charges of murder, rape and torture during the war of independence in 1971.

Clashes have continued in northern districts of Gaibandha and Cahpainawabganj between pro-Jamaat protesters and supporters of the governing Awami League.

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Those against him say that Sayeedi formed a minor group of soldiers tasked with looting and controlling property of Bengali Hindus and those who supported independence.

He is the third person to be convicted by the tribunal. The court will try a total of nine Jamaat leaders and two members of the BNP.

BNP leader Khaleda Zia believes the war crimes trials are politically motivated to target the opposition.

With police being unable to stem the violence, authorities deployed soldiers in the north of the country to prevent further violence.

 

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