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At Least 40 Injured in Bangladesh Clashes


In Bangladesh, street battles between police and opposition activists have left at least 40 people injured. The activists took to the streets in support of a 36-hour general strike.

Police used batons and tear gas against demonstrators in Dhaka and the neighboring town of Narayanganj. Protesters fought back by throwing stones at police and setting fire to vehicles.

Many towns and cities across the country were at a standstill as people observed the strike called by a coalition of 14 opposition parties. The Awami League is leading the strike to demand electoral reforms.

The coalition also wants a say in who heads the interim government after the end of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's term in October and parliamentary elections are held in January. The coalition has threatened to hold more strikes if its demands are not met.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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