World Bulletin/News Desk
At least seven people were killed on Monday in clashes in Bangladesh between police and protesters demanding a new blasphemy law .
Clashes began on Sunday after about 200,000 Hifazat-e-Islam supporters marched in Dhaka to press their demands and were met by lines of police firing teargas and rubber bullets.
On Monday, hundreds of protesters, many wearing white Muslim skull caps and throwing stones, re-grouped and police again fired teargas, rubber bullets and water cannon to disperse them.
Protesters set fire to vehicles, including two police cars, and stormed a police post on the outskirts of the capital, police said.
Two policemen and a member of a paramilitary force were among the seven people killed, said police official Shah Mohammad Manzur Kader. Four people were killed on Sunday and hundreds of people have been injured, hospital officials said.
The protests are led by a group called Hefajat-e-Islam, which set the government a May 5 deadline to introduce a new blasphemy law, reinstate pledges to Allah in the constitution, ban women from mixing freely with men and make Islamic education mandatory.
The government of the overwhelming Muslim country has rejected the demands.
Bangladesh has been rocked by protests and counter-protests since January, when a tribunal set up by the government to investigate abuses during a 1971 war of independence from Pakistan sentenced to death in absentia a leader of the main Muslim party, the Jamaat-e-Islami.
More than 100 people have been killed in the clashes this year, most of them activists and members of the security forces.
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