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Rival Bangladeshi Activists Fight for 3rd Day, General Strike Continues


Rival political activists in Bangladesh have fought on the streets of the capital, Dhaka, for a third straight day.

Witnesses say several people were injured Wednesday, as riot police used batons to stop a fight between hundreds of opposition and government supporters.

Opposition activists continued to enforce a work stoppage and transport shutdown in Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh. Schools and shops were closed, train services were disrupted, and roads were blocked.

A 14-party opposition alliance resumed the strike on Monday to press its demand for electoral reforms. Two people were killed during three days of strikes last week.

At least three people were killed Tuesday in fighting between rival activists around Bangladesh. Around 200 people were hurt.

Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League is demanding the resignation of the country's election commissioner, accusing him of bias toward the government. National elections are due to be held in January.

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia stepped down last month at the end of her five-year term, and handed over power to a caretaker government led by the President, Iajuddin Ahmed.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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