Police and protesters have clashed in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, on the second day of a general strike called by the opposition Awami League party.Police fired tear gas to disperse opposition workers in the city’s Mahakali and Mirpur areas, reports say.The nationwide 36-hour strike called by the Awami League and its allies has closed businesses and schools and hit transport across the country.
The opposition is demanding electoral reforms ahead of polls due in January.An unelected interim administration is due to supervise the elections. The opposition says it will be full of government supporters.
On Tuesday, at least 50 people were injured in clashes with police in Dhaka and the neighbouring town of Narayanganj.”We are agitating to assert our democratic rights. But the government shows no tolerance because it is an autocratic regime,” senior Awami League leader Tofayel Ahmed told Reuters news agency.
Police and protesters clashed in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka
June 14, 2006 by Nora