Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets and swung batons to break up demonstrations in Bangladesh’s capital Sunday as the opposition party enforced a nationwide general strike to protest the eviction of its leader from a military-owned house.
Security officials scuffled with hundreds of supporters of Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party outside the party headquarters in Dhaka. Police strung barbed wire around the headquarters to keep demonstrators away.
Witnesses said several people were injured in scattered clashes in Dhaka, but police would not provide a number.
Demonstrators in the city set fire to at least two vehicles, including a police van.
Schools and businesses were shut across the country Sunday, normally a work day in Bangladesh.
The strike followed clashes on Saturday between police and opposition supporters who were trying to stop Zia — prime minister in 1991-1996 and again in 2001-2006 — from being evicted from her home, where she lived for 30 years.