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Anti-government strike hits Bangladesh

April 02, 2013

A burning car is pictured after activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party set fire to it during a clash in front of the party office in Dhaka, March 6, 2013. — Photo by Reuters/File

DHAKA: Opposition activists have detonated small homemade bombs and set fire to several vehicles in the latest anti-government protest to hit Bangladesh's capital, police said.    

Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its 17 allies staged the protest to enforce a nationwide strike Tuesday to press for the release of more than 150 opposition members arrested during earlier anti-government protests.

Police officials said at least 30 people were injured in the violence.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to make public comments.

Calling a general strike is a common opposition tactic in Bangladesh to highlight demands, and the country has been hit by a series of strikes and street protests recently that have left at least 70 people dead.