In Bangladesh, tens of thousands of protesters have joined former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to demand the resignation of the government.
Hasina told the crowd in the capital, Dhaka, the government of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is a failed, corrupt administration, not capable of protecting democracy. She said opposition lawmakers will return to parliament after a year-long boycott because they want to raise their proposals on issues including the reform of the electoral system.
Addressing a mammoth public rally, the leader of the opposition said that they would be putting forward the proposal for bringing in reforms in the pre-election caretaker government and the election commission. She also called for a nationwide strike on February 15th and a series of anti-government protests across the country. Thousands of paramilitary troops patrolled the area but did not interfere.