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Hasina Warns Bangladesh Government to Stop Massive Arrests


More than 11-hundred people have been detained in Bangladesh, as opposition members prepare to hold a major anti-government rally in the capital, Dhaka. Police have been conducting raids nationwide, and opposition leaders say their efforts are aimed at blocking Sunday's rally. Police say they will deploy heavy security in Dhaka to prevent mob violence.

Leaders of the main opposition alliance, the Awami League, have called a series of protests, including Sunday's planned demonstration, to express no confidence in the current government. They are demanding the administration step down and call early elections.

The opposition accuses the government of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia of corruption, incompetence and failing to stop violent Islamic militants. Sheikh Hasina, the Leader of the opposition in Bangladesh has warned the BNP led four party alliance government against massive arrests of her supporters and innocent people. She was speaking in a news conference.

It is reported that in spite of government intimidations people in thousands are marching towards Dhaka to join a grand rally of Awami League- led 14 party opposition alliance on Sunday. The opposition alliance has been demanding reforms in caretaker government system in Bangladesh and the resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner who has recently become a very controversial figure.

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