Bangladesh shuts down mobile internet in protest crackdown

More than 100 students hurt during violent standoffs with police in Bangladesh, hospital says - but police deny anything happened

More than 100 students hurt during violent standoffs with police in Bangladesh, hospital says - but police deny anything happened

For more than a week, Bangladesh has been gripped by mass protests triggered by the death of two children in a traffic accident. The capital city has been affected owing to the protest.

"Greed drives bus owners to appoint unprofessional and inexperienced drivers with low salaries, which in turn causes road accidents", he said. More than 100 people were injured as police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators marching toward an office of the ruling Awami League party.

Student protesters shared a video shot from a balcony in Dhaka's Bashundhara, and gun shots can clearly be heard on the streets below.

In Dhaka, students were seen attempting to bring traffic discipline by checking drivers' registration papers and driving licenses.

"We don't want to be killed on road crash".

Clashes between students and unidentified miscreants take place during a protest over recent traffic accidents that killed a boy and a girl, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 4, 2018.

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New Age correspondent in Barisal reported that long-route bus operation was suspended since morning as agitated students blocked Dhaka-Barisal highway at Bottala Bazar, Hatem Ali College intersection and Kashimpur points.

On Saturday, police reportedly used tear gas and rubber bullets, injuring scores of the teenagers - though the authorities denied this.

Several journalists, including an Associated Press photographer, have been attacked. They also staged a demonstration at the Gabtoli Bus Terminal in Dhaka.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, an official auto carrying the USA ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Bernicat, was attacked by a group of armed men, some riding motorcycles, as it drove through Dhaka, according to a Sunday statement from the embassy.

An insensitive comment by Shajahan Khan, a government minister with ties to powerful transport unions, added to the anger on the streets earlier in the week.

Dhaka's additional deputy commissioner of police, Obaidur Rahman, said Alam was arrested on charges of spreading rumours on social media, aiming to incite violence.

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How have the students organised themselves?

He apologized after outrage on social media, with many people calling for him to step down.

Activists have also taken to social media in droves to call on local and global media organisations to cover the story.

High schools were shut on Thursday as officials promised students their demands for road safety reforms would be considered.

The protests sparked visibly alarming the government in fears of feared opposition meddling ahead of a general election at the end of the current year.

She urged the students to go back to school.

Telecommunications companies were ordered to suspend 3G and 4G services for a period of 24 hours on late Saturday, the English-language Dhaka Tribune reported, hours after dozens of demonstrators were injured during street battles with police on Saturday.

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The Embassy said an estimated 500 Filipinos are living in Bangladesh.

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