Bangladesh is on the brink of crisis, following the execution of Abdul Quader Molla, who was an Islamist leader convicted of war crimes during the country's 1971 war of independence.
After the execution by hanging Thursday night, Molla's Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, called a nationwide general strike for Sunday, the Washington Post reports. The party had warned of "dire consequences" if Molla was executed.
The execution has divided the country, with many seeing his execution as justice for atrocities during Bangladesh's fight for independence. While some citizens were in the streets of Dhaka protesting the execution, others were in the streets celebrating Molla's death.
state murder carried out by Bangladesh government today crudest possible device to justify cancellation of elections it would surely lose— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) December 12, 2013
Bangladesh government has taken another devastating step towards civil and political unrest. Awami League a (AL)... http://t.co/1R3LFpm379— Ajmal Masroor (@AjmalMasroor) December 12, 2013
I'm no supporter of death penalty but honestly hearing B'desh hanging Abdul Quader Mollah I cant find myself any less happy— Siddharthya (@SiddharthyaRoy) December 12, 2013
Molla was originally sentenced to life in prison, but his sentence was changed by the nation's Supreme Court to the death penalty in September.
The United Nations objected to the death sentence, questioning the fairness of Molla's trial.
Watch the video below to learn more about the political crisis in Bangladesh.