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Bangladesh Islamists clash with police

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 01:07

Feb. 22 - Supporters of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party clash with police while protesting against calls to ban their party. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Protesters supporting Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party flee as police fire rubber bullets and teargas at their demonstration in Dhaka on Friday. The Islamists had gathered to protest calls for their party to be banned. Those against the party say Jamaat members are war criminals due to actions committed during the country's 1971 independence conflict. Footage shows police clashing with the Islamists, as group members tried to march to a separate protest staged against them elsewhere in the city. Bangladesh's parliament amended a law on Sunday allowing the state to appeal any verdict in war crimes trials it deems inadequate. Bangladesh became part of Pakistan at the end of British rule in 1947. But it broke away in 1971 after a separatist war. Jamaat denies accusations that it opposed Bangladeshi independence and helped the Pakistani army.

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Bangladesh Islamists clash with police

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 01:07