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Dozens killed in Bangladesh protest over blasphemy law

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Dozens killed in Bangladesh protest over blasphemy law

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More than 20 people have been killed in the Bangladeshi capital after police clashed with protesters demanding a new blasphemy law.

Authorities estimate some 200,000 people took part in the march to central Dhaka.

Violence is said to have erupted after police tried to intercept stick-wielding protesters in front of the country’s largest mosque.

The demonstrators have published a long list of demands including a ban on men and women mixing freely together and the restoration of pledges to Allah in the constitution.