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60 Injured in Clashes Between Bangladesh Riot Police, Protesters in Dhaka


At least 60 people have been injured in clashes between Bangladeshi police and protesters demanding electoral reforms.

Riot police in Dhaka on Sunday used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to disperse thousands of stone-throwing supporters of the Awami League and its opposition allies.

Schools, businesses and transportation across the country have been crippled by a three-day transportation strike launched Sunday by the 14-party alliance.

The strike has also interrupted trade at Chittagong, the country's main port city.

The government has deployed at least 12-thousand security forces across the capital to stop the protests.

The alliance is boycotting January 22nd polls. It accuses the interim government of favoring the former ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

An alliance spokesman says the blockade will continue unless the caretaker government agrees to implement key electoral reforms, including a revised voter list. The group also wants the interim president to step down.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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