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One Killed under Police van in Bangladesh ,Demands for Electoral Reforms Continue


Thousands of opposition activists in Bangladesh burned vehicles and blocked major roads in the capital, Dhaka, in the second day of a transport blockade.

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters. Witnesses say one demonstrator was killed when a police van ran over him. At least 50 protesters were injured in the clash. Police fired teargas shells and also allegedly fired live ammunition as the demonstrators clashed with the law enforcers there, turning the important business hub of the city into a battlefield.

The demonstrators are members of a 14-party alliance that is calling for the removal of the chief election commissioner M A Aziz and his deputies before the parliament elections in January. The alliance is led by the Awami League, the main opposition group, headed by former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The group says the election system is plagued by vote rigging and fraud and has accused the commissioner of favoring the outgoing government of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. One man was killed in demonstrations Sunday, and nearly 30 people died in similar protests last month.

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