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Bangladeshi Police Clash with Activists Protesting Fuel Price Hikes


Police in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, have clashed with demonstrators as opposition parties held a one-day nationwide strike to protest recent fuel price hikes.

Witnesses say the clashes broke out when baton-wielding police tried to stop several groups of protesters, arresting more than a dozen people.

Schools, shops and private offices in the city were closed today, Wednesday and public transportation was disrupted.

The shutdown was sponsored by the main opposition party, the Awami League, and its allies.

Earlier this month, the government raised domestic fuel prices in response to soaring global oil prices and to help minimize the losses at the state-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.

The country also adopted a five-day working week for government employees, who were given another day off in an effort to save fuel.

Zahurul Alam has more on the story.

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