News / Asia

Violence Mars Daylong Nationwide Strike in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party activists shout slogans as they march during a strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 14 Nov 2010
Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party activists shout slogans as they march during a strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 14 Nov 2010
TEXT SIZE - +

Bangladesh has witnessed widespread street protests during a nationwide strike called by the opposition to protest the eviction of their leader from her home in a military compound. Dozens of activists have been injured.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of protesters who threw stones and clashed with police as they marched through the capital, Dhaka, and enforced a daylong strike on Sunday - a working day in Bangladesh. Schools and businesses shut down in most cities. Sporadic violence was also reported from other towns.

It was the second day of violence in the country. Activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party took to the streets on Saturday after their leader, Khaleda Zia, was evicted from her residence in a military compound where she has stayed for more than 30 years.

Officials say she was evicted after a court deadline to vacate the house expired. They say she left the house voluntarily.

But Khaleda Zia, who has twice been prime minister of the country, says security forces broke open the front door and dragged out of her home. She had appealed the order to vacate the home in a higher court.

An independent political analyst in Dhaka, Ataus Samad, says the opposition had long warned that any move to evict her would be met with protests. But he says the manner in which she was evicted has deepened anger.

"Lots of people have responded to the strike call spontaneously to protest the humiliation of a former Prime Minister and who happens to be a woman," he said.

Ms. Zia was allotted the home in 1981 after her husband, former President Ziaur Rahman, was killed in a military coup. The government, led by her long-time rival Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, asked her to leave the house last year, saying she was using it to conduct politics in violation of the conditions of its allotment.

Many fear that the issue will again lead to a spell of confrontation between the government and the opposition. Bangladesh's politics has long been characterized by bitter standoffs between the leaders of the country's two main parties - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia.

Police say at least three people were also killed in Western Bangladesh in a bomb explosion in the house of a ruling party member of parliament. Police are uncertain whether the explosion was a suicide attack targeting the lawmaker or accidental.

You May Like

Photogallery Pope's Easter Prayer: Peace in Ukraine, Syria

Pontiff also calls for end to terrorist acts in Nigeria, violence in Iraq, and success in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians More

Abdullah Holds Lead in Afghan Presidential Election

Country's Election Commission says that with half of the ballots counted, former FM remains in the lead with 44 percent of the vote More

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cyber War

As tensions between Kyiv and Moscow escalate, so too has frequency of online attacks targeting government, news and financial sites More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
X
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid