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Anti-government strike hits Bangladesh


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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.

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Syed Apr 02, 2013 06:05pm
After having closed all major activities and industries in Pakistan, the Indian subversive activities have shifted to Bangla Desh, where Pakistanis had shifted their major projects. Indian hindus don't want any indutrial set up arround them, thus they used Indian baised politicians of Pakistan and Bangla Desh to destroy their industries on one pretext or the other. In Pakistan Indian financed Talibans have played havoc in the name of Islam and in Bangla Desh Jamat-e-Islami is defaming Islam.