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08 January, 2007

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Police have fired tear gas and used batons to disperse stone-throwing protesters amid a second day of violence in the Bangladeshi capital.

A number of people were injured and several arrests were made in Dhaka as a three-day nationwide transport blockade called by opposition parties continued.

The Awami League and its allies want elections set for this month postponed, saying they will not be free and fair.

Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed says the elections will go ahead.


The BBC's John Sudworth in Dhaka says police fired tear gas to clear the area around the presidential office in the centre of the capital.

But he says the violence so far is not on the scale of Sunday, when dozens were reported injured in a number of outbreaks of rioting across the city.

Much of the transport system remained paralysed on Monday and most businesses were shut, witnesses said.

Opposition activists manned checkpoints to prevent vehicles moving.

President Ahmed says the elections will go ahead as planned on 22 January.

He has headed a caretaker government since the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) handed over interim power at the end of October.

Late on Sunday, a presidential adviser said the interim administration would consult the opposition to try to end the impasse.

Previous agitation over the issue has led to more than 30 deaths countrywide and the opposition parties say the protests will continue until their demands are met.

The Awami League said more than 1,000 activists were detained ahead of the protests.

Its main demand is that the government use an updated version of the 2000 voter register, and not one created over the past few years.

The political bloc led by the BNP accuses the Awami League of "sensing defeat" and being determined to sabotage the elections.

Courtesy: BBC News

Reader Comments:

Election Prosperity Adversity Reasoning

Death destruction business shut and transportation disrupted
For 150 million Citizen of Bangladesh is no any democracy.

In Canada every street is like hiway.The country is nothing
But high ways with Cars Trains Subway tube trains with
Hundreds of thousands 55 -70 ft trucks trains airlines.
Every home is Spacious with country littered with fresh
Water lakes.

30 million Canadian live in 90 Bangladesh within Canada
@ 3 million per Bangladesh of Canada.

For election each party in a convention selects a leader.
On Election Day Within 9am -6pm at each voting location
with dozens of Election workers and candidates own
workers are So affordable that with poll closing results
keep coming And winning leader start giving speech of
victory or loss by 10 p.m.

Even then Rights commission Ombudsman Lawyers
Tribunals Judges Immigration consultants and CEOs
Who sit in spacious office sitting whole day with fat pay
Design fraud speculation involving world resources and
Asset they have gone to bring. Such people are individual
But have gone in many places to disrupt lives for own
Benefit.Even then tribunal officers and judges are thieves
Bollywood Crime style with incompetency spilling in
India subcontinent.

Dhaka had World cup Gold CUP soccer match between
Mohammedan Sporting of Kolkatta India vs Indonesia.
It was called Aga khan Gold cup world Cup Muslim
Umma Soccer final in 1961.Then I toured biggest
Modern jute Mill of Adamjee amid Isphahani Teas
Lipton Soup Orient Airways of Isphahani .in fact
50000 lived in Adamjee Nagar within Plants and
Living complex. With minor disturbances with 150
Million Bengalis in 90 times shorter than Canada space is
Quite an achievement.Whereas in UK in empty
Polling office without voters and tons of affordable
workers party workers it is their luxury they can afford .
Their version of democracy is simply not suitable for
Poor and populated country.It was British who thought
Bangla comprising east Bengal west Bengal Assam Orrisa
Jharkand Bihar as a Bangla province was too big and
Crowded to be manageable within their version of
Democracy.Think about it!

Z_Belal, Canada - 08 January, 2007

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