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Political Strike Paralyzes Bangladesh; 30 Arrested


A day-long strike has brought cities across Bangladesh to a halt, as a political group protested the killing of one of its members.

Bangladesh opposition Awami League activist shouts anti-government slogans during a 12-hour countrywide general strike in Dhaka, Saturday
Authorities arrested at least 30 people in the capital, Dhaka Saturday. The strike was one of several organized by members of the opposition Awami League this week, in protest of the killing of party leader Khorshed Alam, who was gunned down outside his home Tuesday.

Demonstrators smashed cars defying the strike and hurled stones at patrolling police.

Thousands of security forces had been deployed throughout Dhaka to prevent violence. Witnesses and protesters say baton-wielding police broke up demonstrations in the city.

No one has claimed responsibility for the killing of Mr. Alam. Police have detained two suspects, but have not released information on them.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.