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Dhaka's fight for green spaces

Residents stage sit-in at park, in latest battle for public spaces
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 06:00
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Iron cast: Once a Mughal outpost known for its lush parks and gardens, Dhaka has been transformed into a haphazard concrete jungle. - PHOTO: AFP

[DHAKA] When a private sports club in an upmarket Dhaka neighbourhood "grabbed" a children's park for development this year, it sparked a wave of enraged protests rarely seen in impoverished Bangladesh. Hundreds of parents, former national sports stars and environmental activists staged sit-ins