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Clashes in Bangladesh Injure 30


Riot police in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, have fired tear gas on thousands of opposition supporters demanding electoral reform. At least 30 people were injured.

Police also arrested 10 people in the skirmishes near the country's election commission office, where police had erected barricades.

Wednesday’s rally was organized by a 14-party alliance of opposition parties led by the Awami League, which called for a general strike on September 10th.

The opposition is demanding a new election commissioner and a voice in selecting the caretaker government, which is to take over when Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's government hands over power next month.

Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has threatened to boycott general elections due in January unless the country's electoral system is reformed.

The government has ignored the opposition demand and accused the opposition of trying to foil the election and disrupt democracy.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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