As activists and supporters of the 14-party opposition combine began marching in thousands towards Dhaka on Thursday , the police went on arrests of grassroots opposition leaders and workers as a counter measure. The march started from the Western and northern part of the country.
In retaliation, leaders of the opposition line-up yesterday warned, if the police clampdown does not stop, the entire country would be brought to a standstill.
In an exclusive comments to VOA Bangla Service , Mr Abdul Jalil , the General Secretary of Awami League, the party which is leading the 14 party opposition alliance, said that any amount of suppression from the government will not be able to curb their moment. Mr Jalil said that the objectives of the long march is to establish liaison with people and to motivate them to bering an end to this regime in order to ensure a free and fair election in Bangladesh. On friday the long March will start from Cox’s Bazar, Moulvibazar and Mymensingh .