US envoy's motorcade attacked in Bangladesh

Yolanda Curtis
August 8, 2018

As per the witnesses, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the protestors and the supposed pro-government activists confronted the youngsters, which included some of those who were rushing towards the nearby hospitals for getting medical aid.

Nihad El Aabedy and Raheela Mahomed report.

"The ambassador and her security team departed the area unharmed. however, two security vehicles sustained some damage", it said.

Today, protests have taken a violent turn in Dhaka's Jigatala neighbourhood.

Police said they were still investigating Sunday's attack on a auto carrying the us ambassador to Bangladesh by a group of armed men, some riding motorcycles.

"Although the government is saying that they have accepted all our demands, we want a written assurance from the Prime Minister.

"We have treated more than 115 injured students so far since the afternoon", emergency ward doctor Abdus Shabbir told AFP, adding some sported injuries consistent with rubber bullets.

"All we want is corruption to be gone and driving licences to stop being handed out like candy", one 17-year-old told the BBC.

The move may be an attempt to try and limit the ability of students to mobilise or spread growing online outrage over how the government has handled the protests, hours after police and unidentified men wielding sticks and stones clashed with students.

"But for students going to school [in Bangladesh], there is no guarantee they will come home".

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.

A number of journalists were also beaten and had their cameras taken away by ruling party members at the site of the protest.

"Teenagers attacked Awami League's party office".

The students have stopped thousands of vehicles including those of top officials and judges demanding to see if the cars were registered and the drivers licensed.

Teenagers as young as 13 were seen on Dhaka's notoriously clogged roads checking whether cars and buses had valid licences and were in a roadworthy condition.

This past week, the Daily Star, Bangladesh's leading English-language newspaper, said bus services have been suspended around the country because major roadways in Dhaka are now blocked and drivers fear the huge crowds of students.

They also accused Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, who is also executive president of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, of being responsible for rising traffic accidents.

The student protesters have demanded tougher punishment for offenses involving road accidents.

The events in Dhaka have been compounded by the fact that the country's long-time ally India has recently made 4 million ethnic Bengalis in the Indian state of Assam effectively stateless by failing to list them on a registry of Indian citizens.

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