Monday, April 4, 2011

Bangladesh Islamists protest the new rights to women

Dozens of people were injured and 50 others were arrested by police in Bangladesh, on Monday, during clashes that the police staged with demonstrators protesting the government gives more power to women in this country, mostly Muslim. The agents fired tear gas and used batons and water cannons to disperse activists who had barricaded the main highway linking the capital, Dhaka, the Bangladesh's main port, Chittagong.

The blockade left trapped dozens of cars, buses and trucks. The protesters, Islamists chanting slogans against the new government policy favorable to women with the Koran in their hands. On Sunday, a student at an Islamic school at 280 kilometers west of Dhaka was fatally shot during clashes between police and demonstrators.

The political party that is encouraging the riots is the Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ Forum or Unit), which opposes the government policy that promotes the development of women, which was announced last year but not yet launched. IOJ training maintains that the new legislation requires Muslim women to violate the Sharia.

The government, meanwhile, says the new policy towards women does not violate Islam and will not tolerate "any attempt to destabilize the country."

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