Bangladesh: Students protested regularly for the fifth day
Authorities have pleaded with students to call off the protests that have near-paralyzed Dhaka and spread beyond the capital, with vehicles vandalized and clashes with police in some parts.
Bangladesh's transport sector is widely seen as corrupt, unregulated, and dangerous, and as news of the teenagers' deaths spread rapidly on social media, they became a catalyst for a massive outpouring of anger.
But anger has not subdued since a bus racing for passengers killed a boy and a girl on the roadside on Sunday, igniting the protests.
Protesters are blaming the government for failing to enforce traffic laws, and an insensitive comment by Shajahan Khan, a government minister with ties to powerful transport unions, triggered fresh outrage.
There have been widespread social media demands for his resignation even though the minister later apologized.
Authorities say more than 300 vehicles have been vandalized since the protests started.
"People are suffering and we don't want this," he said.
According to the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads, and Railways, a private research group, more than 4,200 pedestrians were killed in road accidents last year, a 25 percent increase from 2016.
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