Dhaka: Tens of thousands of students, many of them teenagers, have brought areas of Bangladesh to a near-standstill during seven days of protests following the deaths of two teenagers killed by a speeding bus.
Bangladeshi authorities have been forced to shut thousands of high schools across the country due to the demonstrations, which saw thousands of people, mostly students in their mid-teens, block major intersections in the capital of Dhaka as they marched through the streets chanting “we want justice” and checking people’s drivers’ licences.
Police armed with shields and batons have been called in to deal with the protesters, with some reports of vehicles being vandalised.
Bangladesh’s transport sector is widely seen as corrupt, unregulated and dangerous. News that a boy and girl were killed on the roadside on Sunday by a speeding bus spread rapidly on social media they became a catalyst for an outpouring of anger.
More than 4,200 pedestrians were killed in road accidents in Bangladesh in 2017, a 25% increase from 2016, according to private research group the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways.