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February 16, 2013

Blogger's death deals blow to #Shahbag protests

Bangladeshi netizens outraged over death of activist linked to war crimes protests.
A man chants slogans during a mass demonstration demanding the execution of all war criminals, including Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah, at Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka February 14, 2013. Reuters/ANDREW BIRAJ

The Stream will cover the #Shahbag protests on Tuesday, February 19 at 19:30 GMT.

The killing of Bangladeshi blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider has sparked an uproar online among netizens who have mobilised around the hashtag #Shahbag. The hashtag refers to Shahbag square, where thousands of people have rallied since February 5 over a recent war crimes trial verdict.

Haider is believed to have been active with protesters who are demanding the death sentence for an opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party leader found guilty of war crimes.

According to local newspaper bdnews24.com, police found Haider on Friday with a scarf wrapped around his throat. Several unconfirmed sources claimed he was dismembered.