Authorities have detained more than 30 political activists in Bangladesh, just days after the country's major political parties rejected talks with the interim government.
Police on Saturday said most of those arrested were members of the Awami League party and the Bangladesh National Party.
Officials from both parties this week decided to boycott talks with the military-backed interim government, until their leaders are released from prison. Former Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia are currently being detained on corruption charges.
The discussions were to center on political reforms necessary to hold free and fair parliamentary elections in December.
The caretaker government took control in January of 2007, after months of political unrest and the cancellation of elections. It imposed a state of emergency and began a massive anti-graft campaign, arresting scores of politicians, business people and other high-profile figures.Our stringer Maitur Rahman Chowdhury has more on this.
Our other stringer Zahurul Alam reports that the Education Advisor of the caretaker government in Bangladesh says that his government is trying to assure the participation by all political parties in the ongoing dialogue.