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    Clashes between police and Islamist protesters in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Freelance photographer jonathanraa took these dramatic photos of Sunday's clashes in Bangladesh. He says the rally started out peacefully, but then a group started throwing rocks and setting fires.
    - davidw, CNN iReport producer

    On Sunday, crowds of protesters blocked main roads, isolating Dhaka from other parts of the country
    Thousands of Islamists had gathered in the city to call for stronger Islamic policies, Hefazat-e Islam - a coalition of around a dozen Islamist organisations - is seeking to impose a stricter form of Islam on Bangladeshi society.But the protests turned into violent, and police fought running battles with the activists throughout most of Sunday and into Monday morning. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets against thousands of activists from the group Hefazat-e-Islam, who are demanding tighter censorship, greater segregation of men and women, and the death penalty for those deemed to have insulted Islam. The dead toll in Dhaka is unknow so far, there where clashes in others part's of Bangladesh total dead so far is 28 but locals say it will be more, some are talking about thousand ! The area around the city centre's largest mosque ( Baitul Mukarram Mosque) had turned into a battleground as police reacted to stone-throwing rioters with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and truncheons. "Rioters vandalised markets and set fire to bookshops where the Holy Koran is sold. Thousands of Koran and religious books burned. They also attacked the ruling party's political office & banks

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