Thousands of Bangladeshi opposition activists have staged a march in Dhaka, where authorities detained hundreds of activists beforehand and used armed police to prevent any violence.
The march began on the outskirts of Dhaka. It was the first of six such marches planned by a 14-party opposition alliance to force the government to implement
The marchers called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to accept the opposition demands or step down.
The opposition alliance says it would boycott next year's parliamentary elections unless the chief election commissioner, M.A. Aziz, whom they accuse of pro-government bias, steps down. They also want a say in choosing the chief of a caretaker administration that would supervise the election.
Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.