Trial protests in Bangladesh

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Police in Bangladesh clashed with protesters from Islamic political parties denouncing war crimes trials linked to the country’s 1971 independence war yesterday, killing two demonstrators and injuring dozens.

The nationwide protests were held by Jamaat-e-Islami, the country’s largest Islamic party, and an alliance of 12 smaller Islamic parties. Jamaat called the demonstrations to denounce the war crimes trials of its leaders.

Earlier this month, a special tribunal convicted Jamaat’s assistant secretary, Abdul Quader Mollah, of mass killings during the war against Pakistan and sentenced him to life in prison. Eight others are on trial on charges of atrocities.

The alliance of 12 parties
accuses the government of plotting to ban Islamic parties, an allegation denied by the