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Photographers Beaten and Abducted in Bangladesh Student Protests

Massive road safety protests in Bangladesh are making headlines around the world due to the violent crackdown being conducted by the government. In addition to students being attacked, photographers are also finding themselves in the crosshairs: some are being beaten in the streets, and one prominent photojournalist was abducted hours after giving a news interview.

Warning: There are graphic images of violence below.

On July 29th, massive public protests broke out in Bangladesh after two college students in the capital city of Dhaka were killed by an unlicensed bus driver. As students took to the streets to demand tougher traffic laws and safer roads, authorities and groups began cracking down on the demonstrations by attacking both protesters and journalists.

In addition to law enforcement, it’s reported that much of the violence is being carried out by members of the students’ political group Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

Beatings

Photos and videos have emerged showing photojournalists covering the protests being physically attacked by unidentified men wielding metal rods, sticks, and even machetes. Cameras are also being taken from the photographers and destroyed.

“A group of 5-6 photojournalists were standing in front of Dhaka City College with the police, covering the ongoing student protests, when the attackers, allegedly Bangladesh Chhatra League activists, attacked them, said photojournalist Al Emrun Garjon,” Dhaka Tribune reports. “They dragged the photojournalists from there and beat them badly.”



Among those beaten was AP photographer AM Ahad.

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