Police in Bangladesh have arrested more than six-thousand people in the past three days, following a large protest demonstration by supporters of the country's main opposition party.
The arrests have been made throughout the country, with about 1,000 in the capital city of Dhaka.
Officials say the arrests are part of an anti-crime drive. But the opposition Awami League says the the crackdown is an attempt to prevent the party from holding a rally it has scheduled for early next month (October 3rd).
On Wednesday, the Awami League demonstrated to protest a grenade attack that killed 30 people at one of its events last month. Demonstrators formed a human chain in Dhaka, paralyzing traffic there.
The Awami League has accused Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's government of involvement in the attack, demanding that she step down. The government has rejected the charge.