Opposition in Bangladesh enforces strike
The 14-party Opposition alliance enforced its second nationwide general strike to protest the recent police action against its activists.india Updated: Sep 10, 2006 18:17 IST
Amidst deployment of thousands of securitymen in the capital Dhaka, Bangladesh's 14-party Opposition alliance on Sunday enforced its second nationwide general strike to protest the recent police action against its activists demanding electoral reforms.
The strike was enforced hours before the country's Parliament was to meet for its possible last session before the general elections scheduled for early next year.
Tight security was in place as rains cooled the capital Dhaka amid a charged political situation with activists taking to the streets.
Witnesses said there were no reports of violence during the first hours of the strike.
Schools, most shops and private offices were shut with minimal vehicles on the streets, besides buses and rickshaws.
Opposition activists set fire to three privately-owned buses in Dhaka on Saturday as they paraded the streets to drum up support for the countrywide dawn-to-dusk shut down.
The Opposition alliance led by former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed's Awami League party called for the stoppage to protest the police action during its Wednesday's action to lay a siege of the Election Commission.
The government tightened security by deploying more than 10,000 security personnel at different city points.
The Opposition will hold a grand rally in Dhaka on September 18 and has warned of tougher action unless the government accepted its demands for electoral reforms to ensure free and transparent polls.
Meanwhile, parliament is set to meet later in the day for its possible last session before the polls, but the opposition said it would stay away and would decide later when to join the house.