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Bangladeshi Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Opposition Activists

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Bangladeshi police have used tear gas to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing opposition activists during a general strike in the capital.

Witnesses say police detained more than 20 activists after protesters tried to push through barbed wire barricades on Monday. in Dhaka.

The youth wing of the main opposition party, the Awami League, called the strike over grievances with the government.

The strike affected schools, shops and traffic.

On Sunday, police used tear gas and water cannons to stop hundreds of opposition activists calling for electoral reform. At least 50 people were injured.

An alliance of 14 parties organized Sunday's demonstration to call for the resignation of electoral commission officials the alliance says are biased. The parties want a more independent commission before elections are held next year. More on this from our Dhaka stringer Amir Khasru .

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