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March 17, 2007

Massive Bangladesh Deaths, Arrests

Filed under: bangladesh,global islands — admin @ 5:44 am

Dacca, Mar 14 Since the introduction of the emergency state by the interim government in Bangladesh, 95,825 persons have been arrested by security and there were at least 50 deaths, according to statistics.

The report of the humanitarian organization Odhikar compiles the numbers published by 11 national newspapers, edited in Dacca, between January 12 and March 12 of 2007.

The measure was applied by the president Iajuddin Ahmed after postponing the general elections and withdrawing the interim government, which were people s main demands during three months of demonstrations in Bangladesh.

That decision followed the call carried out by the Awami League president and leader of the opposition alliance Hasina Wajed, who urged supporters to surround the Presidential Palace from January 14.

The statesman talked about his position of suspending the constitutional guarantees by the state of “serious emergency, where security and Bangladesh economic life are threatened by internal disturbances.”

More than 60,000 soldiers and policemen are deployed with special powers and can stop people without a court order in the national territory.

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