Bangladesh police have made pre-dawn raids in the capital on Monday before the start of another general strike.
Police say they detained a number of suspected troublemakers in order to prevent violence and vandalism during the strike, which began at dawn on Monday and organizers say will end Tuesday evening.
The country's main opposition party, the Awami League, called for the work stoppage -- the seventh in just over two weeks. Opposition leaders want to protest a grenade attack on a party rally that killed five party members on January 27th, including the former finance minister. The opposition blames the government for the deadly attack.
The government deployed more than 12,000 police and paramilitary troops in response to the latest strike. Business leaders say each day of a strike costs the country 60-million dollars.