Bangladesh Islamists Battle Riot Police

    Islamists run as Bangladeshi police fire rubber bullets towards demonstrators during clashes with Islamists in Dhaka on May 5, 2013.  "At least one person was shot dead and 35 people were injured," police sub-inspector Rokon, who uses one name, told AFP.  Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka police Sheikh Nazmul Alam would only confirm that they fired rubber bullets to disperse unruly protesters. Hundreds of thousands of hardline Islamists demanding a new blasphemy law blocked major highways cutting off the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka from the rest of the country, police said.   AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Stun grenades and gunfire rocked the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Sunday as police battled Islamist protesters, who set fire to shops, vehicles, and the state-run news agency office. Up to half a million Hefazat-e-Islam supporters gathered in the city calling for the adoption of blasphemy laws in the country, including the death penalty as punishment for those who insult Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Police battled protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets, and crude bombs, leaving at least four dead and scores more injured. The protest was unrelated to the recent factory collapse that killed hundreds and sparked unrest in the country.

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