Protesters paralyse parts of Bangladesh after bus kills two students

More than 100 students hurt during violent standoffs with police in Bangladesh, hospital says - but police deny anything happened

In Melbourne, Australia, a school of music and arts for children of Bangladeshi descent named Anondodhara organized a symbolic protest to show solidarity for the ongoing demands of the students in Bangladesh to have safe roads.

Tens of thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets of Dhaka, blocking roads and intersections, leading to deadlock in the city.

Bangladesh's 'Awami League Government' has made several attempts to stop the protest of students running for a week but the movement is still in progress.

The protesters have been demanding safer roads in Bangladesh, where corruption is rife, making it easy for unlicensed drivers and unregistered vehicles to ply on the roads. We want guarantee of natural death, " Mohammad Selim, a 10th grader, told dpa while holding placard that said "We want justice". We'll take stern action against those conspiring to exploit this by inciting the minors, Kamal said. Bus services in the city and on routes to elsewhere in the country were cancelled. But that figure is disputed by the private organization Bangladesh Commuters' Welfare Association, which says at least 7,397 people were killed in road accidents past year.

Separately, the auto of outgoing U.S. ambassador Marcia Bernicat was attacked by armed men, some on motorcycles, in Dhaka on Saturday, the embassy said in a statement. The detention came hours after he had strongly criticised the government's handling of the demonstrations in a television interview with Al Jazeera.

Dhaka Police spokesperson Masudur Rahman said it was not true and that nothing happened at Jigatola.

How have the students organised themselves?

A photographer for an worldwide news organisation was among those beaten.

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The protests are an embarrassment for the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ahead of a general election due in December.

The violence continued yesterday with police firing tear gas into a large crowd marching towards an office of the ruling Awami League party, an AFP correspondent said.

The country's biggest-circulation newspaper Prothom Alo said 3G and 4G Internet services had been shut down for 24 hours since late Saturday, shortly after the violence broke out.

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, meanwhile, said all demands will be fulfilled and a law will be proposed in the next session of parliament but we fear the movement may turn violent as there is a conspiracy to make the government inoperative.

The United Nations said it was concerned for the safety of the young people caught up in the protests.

Abdur Rahim, a leader of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers' Federation, said bus operators would stay off the streets until security improves.

This student movement of Bangladesh could make it hard for the ruling party in the coming general elections because on Saturday the incident has given the opposition party an opportunity to question the government.

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