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Bangladesh imposes curfew after anti-government protests

[JURIST] The interim government of Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] imposed a curfew Wednesday after three days of student protests against the military-backed interim government resulted in hundreds of injuries and one death. The riots first began at the University of Dhaka [university website], when students demanded that a military post be removed from the campus, and then spilled out into the Dhaka city streets. Protesters called for an end to emergency laws [JURIST report], which have been in place since January. The curfew will remain in effect indefinitely.

The interim government has used its anti-corruption campaign [BBC Q&A; JURIST news archive] to justify the emergency laws, and has also filed tax evasion charges against former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia [UN profile], who is scheduled to appear in court on August 26, and extortion charges against former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed [party profile]. AP has more.

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