Bangladeshi police have clashed with opposition activists in the capital, Dhaka, for a fourth day, leaving at least 50 people injured.
Police fired tear gas and used batons against protesters who gathered in the streets of Dhaka to enforce a 36-hour general strike, which was due to end this Wednesday evening at six p.m. local time (1200 GMT). Demonstrators retaliated by throwing rocks at police and damaging cars.
Similar street battles on Tuesday resulted in at least 50 people being injured in Dhaka and elsewhere.
Shops and schools remained closed today throughout Bangladesh as people observed the strike, while most public transportation was disrupted.
Authorities had placed thousands of extra police and soldiers on stand-by to deal with unrest.
A coalition of 14 opposition parties launched the general strike Tuesday morning as part of an ongoing campaign to pressure the government into accepting electoral reforms.
The opposition alliance accuses the government of manipulating Bangladesh's election commission to ensure victory in upcoming elections. The alliance accuses the election commissioner and his deputies of being pro-government and wants the officials to be removed.
The Bangladeshi government denies accusations of interfering with the election commission.
Opposition parties are also demanding a say in the interim government that will be appointed in October when Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's term in office expires. The interim government will be responsible for staging the parliamentary elections in January.
The opposition alliance has threatened to hold more strikes if its demands are not met.
Zahurul Alam has more on the story.