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Major power outage hits Balkan region as countries swelter in early summer heat wave

2024-06-21 21:18 Last Updated At:21:20

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A major hourslong power outage hit much of the Balkans on Friday as the southern European region sweltered in an early heat wave that sent temperatures soaring to more than 40 C (104 F).

Montenegrin authorities said that an outage that lasted for several hours in the country's power distribution system left almost the entire country without electricity, while similar problems were reported in the coastal part of Croatia, Bosnia and Albania.

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A woman waits next to the trolleybus as the traffic stops due to a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A major hourslong power outage hit much of the Balkans on Friday as the southern European region sweltered in an early heat wave that sent temperatures soaring to more than 40 C (104 F).

A police officer gestures towards cars as she tries to control traffic during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024.(AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

A police officer gestures towards cars as she tries to control traffic during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024.(AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

An empty electrical train stalls during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

An empty electrical train stalls during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

A police officer gestures towards cars as she tries to control traffic during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024.(AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

A police officer gestures towards cars as she tries to control traffic during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024.(AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A woman carries plastic bags walking by a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A woman carries plastic bags walking by a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A child plays next to a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A child plays next to a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A young man cools off in the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A young man cools off in the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A man a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A man a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Nada Pavicevic, a spokeswoman for Montenegro's state power distribution company, described the outage as a “disturbance of regional proportion,” and said authorities were still working to determine what happened.

The exact cause for such a widespread outage wasn't immediately clear. Bosnia’s state power company said that the outage was caused by problems in a regional distribution line, while Albania’s state power company said the “extreme heat” caused the problem.

Montenegro, Croatia and Albania share the Adriatic Sea coastline. Power grids in the region remain connected decades after the Balkan wars in the 1990s.

In the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, the outage also caused traffic jams, with trams stopping and traffic lights not operating. Similar gridlock was reported in the Adriatic Sea port of Split.

In Croatia's tourist resort of Dubrovnik, thousands of tourists were left stranded in midafternoon, with restaurants, pubs, supermarkets, ice cream shops and other outlets shutting their doors during the outage. Soccer fans milled around some of the pubs with darkened televisions, because they wanted to watch games being played at the European Championship soccer tournament in Germany.

The collapse, which happened just after noon on Friday and lasted for several hours at some places, came as authorities throughout the region warned citizens to be cautious, drink water and avoid sunshine because of extremely high temperatures.

“Don’t stay in the sun between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.,” warned Serbia’s Public Health Institute in its instructions to citizens. “If you must go out, please take a bottle of water along.”

Meteorologists say the heat in the region this week came from Africa, carrying sand particles that created a cloud-like layer, dimming the skyline.

The sweltering heat was the worst in big cities, where concrete sizzled even in the evening, and where nights offered no real respite as temperatures remained above 20 C (68 F).

While hot summers are normal in the Balkans, temperatures don't reach such heights in mid-June, prompting weather alerts and warnings.

Earlier this week, authorities in North Macedonia imposed emergency measures through Sunday, after which the heat is expected to relent.

Belgrade resident Milos Jeftovic said he is following the instructions and taking every opportunity to stay near the Serbian capital's two rivers. Authorities, he said, should have reduced working hours and parked water tankers in the city streets.

“Personally, I don't have a problem ... but this is not OK, temperatures are above acceptable (levels),” Jeftovic said.

Weather warnings were also issued in neighboring Croatia, a tourism hot spot, where the heat wave is set to peak on Friday before an expected change of weather on the weekend that could trigger storms.

Montenegrin state television RTCG said that though the citizens of the country's capital of Podgorica are used to very high temperatures, some complained they started too early. One man told the broadcaster: “I really don't know what we are going to do.”

Experts say that extreme weather conditions are also triggered by climate change.

A woman waits next to the trolleybus as the traffic stops due to a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

A woman waits next to the trolleybus as the traffic stops due to a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

A police officer gestures towards cars as she tries to control traffic during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024.(AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

A police officer gestures towards cars as she tries to control traffic during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024.(AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

An empty electrical train stalls during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

An empty electrical train stalls during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

A police officer gestures towards cars as she tries to control traffic during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024.(AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

A police officer gestures towards cars as she tries to control traffic during a power outage in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, June 21, 2024.(AP Photo/Armin Durgut)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A woman carries plastic bags walking by a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A woman carries plastic bags walking by a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A child plays next to a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A child plays next to a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A young man cools off in the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A young man cools off in the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Children enjoy the drizzle from a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A man a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A man a public fountain before sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 20, 2024 as temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit). The national weather forecaster issued a orange warning for western and southern Romania where temperatures are expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in the coming days. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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Student protesters vow 'complete shutdown' in Bangladesh as clashes continue

2024-07-18 19:54 Last Updated At:20:00

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police clashed Thursday with student protesters attempting to impose a “complete shutdown” in Bangladesh’s capital, following days of violent confrontations during demonstrations over a system of allocating government jobs.

Students have been demonstrating for weeks against a quota system for government jobs they say favors allies of the ruling party, but the protests have escalated since violence broke out between protesters, police and pro-government student activists on the campus of Dhaka University on Monday. Six people were killed on Tuesday, leading the government to ask universities across the country to close and police to raid the main opposition party’s headquarters.

As violence continued to take place on Thursday, Bangladesh’s Law Minister Anisul Huq said in the afternoon that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked him to sit with the protesters for a dialogue, and he was ready to sit down on Thursday if protesters were willling.

On Wednesday night, the protesters announced they would enforce “a complete shutdown” across the country on Thursday in response to security officials’ continued attacks on the campus demonstrators. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party said that it would do what it could to make the shutdown a success.

Clashes continued as protesters attempted to enforce the shutdown Thursday morning. In Dhaka's Uttara neighborhood, hundreds of protesters were chased by police after they blocked the road and chanted. In other places, police fired tear gas and charged with batons disperse the protesters, who threw stones in response. Scores, including police, were injured in the violence, said a spokesperson for the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

Police said protesters attacked and set fire to a traffic police box and vandalized police vehicles amid clashes across the city.

Traffic was thin on Dhaka's usually clogged streets on Thursday morning, while many malls closed. Offices and banks opened, but commuters complained that transport was limited. Police set up checkpoints at the entrances to Dhaka University.

Local television reported violence in other cities including Chattogram and Khulna, while protesters also blocked some major highways.

Salma Rahman, an official at a financial institution in Dhaka, said that she left her car at home and caught a ride on a motorcycle. “Our office has alerted us to stay safe on streets, as there is fear that violence could happen during the shutdown.”

Protesters are demanding an end to a quota system that reserves up to 30% of government jobs for family members of veterans who fought in Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971. They argue that the system is discriminatory and benefits supporters of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, whose Awami League party led the independence movement, and they want it replaced with a merit-based system.

Hasina’s government halted the quotas after mass student protests in 2018. But last month, Bangladesh’s High Court nullified that decision and reinstated the quotas after relatives of the 1971 veterans filed petitions, triggering the latest demonstrations. The Supreme Court then suspended the High Court’s ruling and is expected to rule on Aug. 7. The government has also appealed the High Court decision in the wake of the protest, according to the attorney general's office.

Huq said the government was seeking an early hearing.

“I have already asked the attorney general to appeal in the Supreme Court on Sunday seeking early hearing,” he told reporters. The Supreme Court had earlier set Aug. 7 to make decision on the quota issue. Friday and Saturday are parts of the weekend in Bangladesh. The court opens Sunday.

“I am requesting all to wait with patience until the verdict is delivered,” Hasina said in a televised address Wednesday evening. “I believe our students will get justice from the apex court. They will not be disappointed.”

While job opportunities have expanded in Bangladesh’s private sector, many people prefer government jobs because they are stable and well paid. Each year, some 400,000 graduates compete for 3,000 jobs in the civil service exam.

Hasina said there would be a judicial probe into Tuesday's deaths and vowed that those responsible would be brought to justice.

“Some precious lives have been lost unnecessarily,” she said. “I condemn every killing.”

U.N. Human Rights chief Volker Türk said in a post on the social media platform X that all acts of violence and deadly use of force must be investigated and the perpetrators held accountable. Türk said freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental human rights.

Bangladesh’s ruling party blamed the BNP for the chaos, and Dhaka police raided the party’s headquarters late Tuesday. Detective Chief Harun-or-Rashid said police arrested seven members of the party’s student wing, and said detectives found 100 crude bombs, 500 wooden and bamboo sticks, and five to six bottles of gasoline in the raid.

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, a senior BNP leader, said the raid was a government attempt to divert attention from the protests.

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Policemen fire tear gas to disperse students protesting against the quota system in public service in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Policemen fire tear gas to disperse students protesting against the quota system in public service in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

An injured policeman lies on a street during clashes with students protesting against the quota system in public service in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

An injured policeman lies on a street during clashes with students protesting against the quota system in public service in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students advocating for quota reform in public service held a mock funeral at Dhaka University in memory of those who died during clashes, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students advocating for quota reform in public service held a mock funeral at Dhaka University in memory of those who died during clashes, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

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