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37 dead as Bangladesh cracks down on Islamists

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Bangladeshi police broke up a protest by tens of thousands of religious hardliners and shut down Islamist television stations Monday as 37 people died in some of the fiercest street violence for decades. 

A fire burns as Islamist protestors clash with Bangladeshi police in Narayanganj, some 20 kms from Dhaka, on May 6, 2013. Bangladeshi police broke up a protest by tens of thousands of religious hardliners and shut down Islamist television stations Monday as 37 people died in some of the fiercest street violence for decades.

Hundreds more were injured in running battles as riot police broke up the rally near a commercial district in a pre-dawn raid in the capital Dhaka.

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