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Bangladesi Police Break Up Opposition Protest in Dhaka


Riot police in Bangladesh have broken up a protest march by opposition activists supporting a nationwide general strike.

Reports from the capital, Dhaka on Sunday said officers with batons dispersed the demonstration of at least 300 protesters. Atleast 50 people have ben injured during the baton charge. Similar demonstrations are said to have caused disruptions in other major cities.

A 14-party alliance of opposition parties led by the Awami League called the one-day general strike to demand electoral reforms.

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

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

A caretaker government is put in place in Bangladesh ahead of general elections.

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

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