March 03, 2013
51 Dead In Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal Protests
An update to this story, more than 51 people have been killed after Islamists took to the streets to protest the death sentence of a Jamaat-e-Islami party leader.
Authorities deployed soldiers in a northern Bangladeshi district Sunday after activists of the country's largest Islamic party clashed with police, leaving three people dead during a nationwide general strike called to denounce an ongoing war crimes trial.
Separately two people died Sunday in a northwestern district during similar clashes.
With the latest casualties, the death toll in days of rioting has risen to 51 since Thursday after a war crimes tribunal sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death for atrocities committed during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
Islamists are not only protesting the war crimes tribunal, they are demanding the execution of bloggers who support the trials.
One blogger, Ahmed Rajib Haider, was murdered near his home in February. Earlier reports said Haider was "hacked" to death. In fact, he was beheaded.