Bangladesh Arrests 2,500 over Clashes with Police
[An Nahar] Bangladesh police have incarcerated
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some 2,500 activists from the country's largest Islamic party following festivities with police earlier this month, officials said.

The arrests came after nearly 200 coppers were maimed in attacks by members of the Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
party and its student wing during nationwide protests against the trial of party leaders for war crimes.

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir told news hounds on Tuesday that some 350 of those arrested would be tried in a fast-track tribunal.

"The state has initiated all sorts of measures to stop Jamaat. At least 2,500 myrmidons have been arrested," Alamgir said.

Jamaat said its activists had been arrested over false charges.

The government started trials of Jamaat leaders in November 2011 on charges of war crimes during the 1971 liberation struggle.

Jamaat has dismissed the court action as a government "show trial", while the New York-based group Human Rights Watch
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has said the court's legal procedures fall short of international standards.

The current government says up to three million people were killed in the 1971 war, many murdered by locals collaborating with Pak forces.

Posted by: Fred 2012-11-22