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Bangladeshis Demonstrate While Government Prepares To Welcome Powell - 2003-06-18


Hundreds of Bangladeshis have demonstrated in Dhaka to protest US Secretary of State Colin Powell's upcoming visit on Thursday.

Chanting anti-U-S and anti-Powell slogans, the protesters denounced the US-led invasion of Iraq and said Mr. Powell and the United States are to blame for many civilian deaths in that war-torn country. Some marchers called on the Bangladeshi government to cancel Mr. Powell's trip to Dhaka.

However, the Bangladeshi government is preparing to give Mr. Powell a warm welcome in the capital. Although Bangladesh did not support the invasion of Iraq, it has worked closely with the Bush administration in the war on terrorism.

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