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Bangladesh Teachers Protest Arrest of Former Prime Minister


Faculty at Bangladesh's main university boycotted classes Sunday to protest the arrest of the country's former prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.

The protest at Dhaka University came nearly a week after Ms. Hasina, leader of the Awami League political party, was arrested at her home as part of a government anti-corruption drive.

The military-backed interim government accuses her of extorting more than $400,000 from a businessman during her term in office from 1996 to 2001.

Bangladesh has been ruled by the emergency government since January, when turmoil between the two main political factions over election procedures led to deadly street battles.

More than 170 political leaders have been detained for corruption and abuse of power. The government has also banned political rallies under the emergency laws.