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Police of Bangladesh fire tear gas and rubber bullets at opposition protests

Dozens were injured on Sunday (Feb 28) as Bangladeshi police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at opposition activists to prevent new protests over the death of a writer in jail, police and a party official said.

Live footage from local television station Channel 24 showed a road and footpath in front of the National Press Club – a favourite protest site in the capital Dhaka – turning into a battleground as police beat protesters with batons to disperse them.

Clashes ensued as student activists from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) hurled rocks and attacked officers with plastic pipes, prompting police to retaliate by “firing rubber bullets and tear gas”, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka police Sazzadur Rahman told AFP.

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