Protesters against Bangladesh power plant give two weeks for demands to be met

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 4:09 PM

Villagers for and against the $2.4 billion power plant in the coastal district of Chittagong clashed latest week before revolt police fired their weapons after coming below attack.

Protesters opposing the construction of a Chinese-backed, coal-fired power plant in Bangladesh agreed on Sun to halt their activities for fifteen days, defusing tensions after four demonstrators were killed latest week.

Villagers for and against the $2.four billion power plant in the coastal district of Chittagong clashed last week before revolt police fired their weapons after coming below attack. Four protestors died in the violence.

south Alam Group, a Bangladeshi conglomerate which signed a deal on April 4 with China'south SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Corporation to construct the 1.320 megawatt plant, suspended work because of safety concerns, a company official said last week.

Liakot Ali, the boss of the demonstrators, said they'd made a no of demands to the authorities. He said a boss of Bangladesh'south ruling Awami League had asked for two weeks to settle the issues.

"We've demanded the release of all seventeen people who have been arrested, the withdrawal of cases against villagers who demonstrated against this plant ... and the treatment of those injured during the demonstration," he said.

Abdullah Kabir Liton, a senior Awami League official in Chittagong district said he'd met with local people to attempt to convince them to stop their movement.

"We necessity a few days to breathe," Liton told Reuters.

The plant, located two hundred sixty-five kilometer (one hundred sixty-five miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka, is a major source of foreign investment into Bangladesh, and one of a series of plans Beijing is pushing to cultivate closer ties with Dhaka.

The protesters declare villagers around the plant will lose their homes, it'll disturb the graveyards of relatives and cause environmental damage.

"They started works without the approval from the ministry of environment," Liakot said.

Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, an adviser to the prime minister responsible for power and energy told Reuters the project would utilize modern technology and wouldn't harmful for environment.

(Reporting by Serajul Quadir; extra reporting by Nazimuddin Shyamol from Chittagong; Editing by Ros Russell)

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