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Opposition Strike Paralyzes Bangladesh

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A day-long strike in Bangladesh called by the main opposition Awami League to protest the new budget proposal has brought cities across the country to a halt.

The Awami League says the new budget, expected to be approved in the parliament later in the day, is "anti-people" and lacks vision for growth.

But Bangladesh's finance minister has rejected the opposition's claims, saying a big part of the budget is pro-poor and pro-growth.

In Dhaka, shops, businesses and schools were closed Thursday and public transportation disrupted. Demonstrators gathered in the city center, chanting anti-budget slogans.

Thousands of security forces were deployed throughout Dhaka to prevent violence, but the protest was peaceful. Authorities say the southeastern port city of Chittagong and southern Khulna city were equally quiet.
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