Bangladesh war crimes tribunal verdict starts clashes of ideologies

Bangladesh's controversial war crime tribunal's first sentences have triggered clashes of ideologies that could plunge the country - torn between "Talibanisation" and "Bangladeshi Spring" - into a spiral of violence. Dozens of people have been killed in strikes and huge daily protests are hobbling the country's economy, due to tensions between the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, ahead of elections due by next January. Recently, thousands of Bangladeshi protesters, angered by the killing of one of the bloggers, Rajib Haider, poured back onto the streets of the capital, as they demanded the death penalty for those found guilty of war crimes.