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Clashes at Bangladesh airport protest

Saturday, January 01, 2011 - 01:21

Jan 31 - Protesters in Bangladesh clash with police over plans to use their land for a new airport, killing one policeman and injuring dozens. Penny Tweedie reports.

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A police vehicle damaged by protesters lies useless by the side of the road in Bangladesh. It was attacked by locals living here in Srinagar 20 miles from the Bangladesh capital Dhaka who are campaigning against plans to build an airport on their land. In angry clashes a policeman was killed an dozens of people injured. Police had earlier fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse villagers who had set fire to a police camp. Protesters also burned a police van and barricaded main roads. Police Sergeant Sheikh Rahman said it had been a frightening experience. . (SOUNDBITE)(Bengali) SHEIKH ZIAUR RAHMAN, SERGEANT IN CHARGE OF THE POLICE STATION, SAYING: "Suddenly the mob attacked our police station, they beat our police officers and damaged our station and set it on fire. Somehow our policemen saved their arms with the help of the local people." Villagers and opposition political parties oppose the plan to build a new international airport only a few kilometers from Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal airport. The government has said affected people would be adequately compensated. But critics say that Dhaka already has three international airports which are not operating at capacity and a fourth is not needed. Penny Tweedie, Reuters.

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Clashes at Bangladesh airport protest

Saturday, January 01, 2011 - 01:21