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Strike hits life in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Riot police used batons to break up slogan-shouting demonstrators on Saturday during a daylong general strike, leaving dozens of persons injured, witnesses said.

Police picked up about 30 protesters during the clashes in the capital, Dhaka, witnesses said. No other violence was immediately reported from 64 other towns and cities.

The nationwide strike organised by the Awami League shut down schools and shops and disrupted business and public transportation in more than 60 cities and towns.

The Awami League called the strike — the second such protest this week — to condemn the killing of Khorshed Alam, its leader in Dhaka. Unidentified attackers gunned him down on Tuesday outside his home. The Opposition blames the attack on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party — a charge the BNP denies.

General strikes are a common form of protest by the Opposition in Bangladesh. Many citizens comply with the strike calls, fearing reprisals.

Barricades

Riot police erected barbed-wire barricades near the Awami League's headquarters in downtown Dhaka in a bid to halt a rally involving about 300 protesters.

The demonstrators shouted, ``Down with the killer government,'' and ``We want justice.''

On Friday, several persons were injured when police used batons to disperse about 500 Awami League supporters in central Dhaka. A similar strike halted some services in Dhaka on Wednesday. — AP

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