Civil strife in Dhaka

Published December 30, 2013
Lawyers loyal to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Bangladesh Jamaat-E-Islami shout slogans as policemen use water cannons during a protest inside the premises of Supreme Court in Dhaka December 29. – Photo by Reuters
Lawyers loyal to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Bangladesh Jamaat-E-Islami shout slogans as policemen use water cannons during a protest inside the premises of Supreme Court in Dhaka December 29. – Photo by Reuters
Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawyers stand behind the gates of the High Court premises as they participate in a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawyers stand behind the gates of the High Court premises as they participate in a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawyers are hosed with water cannons by police during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawyers are hosed with water cannons by police during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawyers shout slogans as police use a water cannon to disperse them during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawyers shout slogans as police use a water cannon to disperse them during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
Supporters of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League beat a lawyer and supporter of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) during a protest by opposition activists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
Supporters of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League beat a lawyer and supporter of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) during a protest by opposition activists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
A Bangladeshi lawyer and supporter of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) holds on to the legs of a supporter of ruling Bangladesh Awami League as they try to beat her during clashes between them in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
A Bangladeshi lawyer and supporter of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) holds on to the legs of a supporter of ruling Bangladesh Awami League as they try to beat her during clashes between them in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
A Bangladeshi youth sets fire to a motorbike during a protest by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka on December 29. – Photo by AFP
A Bangladeshi youth sets fire to a motorbike during a protest by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka on December 29. – Photo by AFP
Bangladeshi police stand guard in front of the house of former Prime Minister and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
Bangladeshi police stand guard in front of the house of former Prime Minister and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
Bangladesh's former Prime Minister and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia gestures as she walks out of her home in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP
Bangladesh's former Prime Minister and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia gestures as she walks out of her home in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, December 29. – Photo by AP

At least three lawyers were injured after they were attacked by pro-government activists during a protest inside the Supreme Court premises in Dhaka on Sunday. Police denied the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 18 parties alliance the permit for a mass gathering after opposition chief Begum Khaleda Zia called for her activists to march to the city, protesting against what she called farcical elections on January 5. More than 150 people have died in political violence in Bangladesh since the crisis intensified in October. The conflict pits an opposition alliance led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party against Awami League leader and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who accuses Zia of protecting people being tried or convicted of war crimes involving the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.

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