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Oppn alliance in Bangladesh calls for general strike

The 14-party alliance, led by the Awami League, has called for a nationwide strike to protest the five deaths due to police firing.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 11:39 IST

The opposition 14-party alliance in Bangladesh, led by the Awami League, has called for a nationwide general strike on Wednesday to protest the five deaths due to police firing during demonstrations against a coal excavation project by a British owned company.

The strike would be for one day to protest the killings of five people protesting the coal excavation project in northwestern Dinajpur district, party officials said on Monday.

London-based Asia Energy Plc is developing a coal basin at Phulbari that farmers and local land owners say will destroy their land and force them to move out of their ancestral homes.

The five were killed in clashes with Bangladeshi security personnel on Saturday.

The alliance would also hold a major rally in capital Dhaka on September 18 to push their demands for electoral reforms.