Political parties enforce 30-hour hartal in Bangladesh

15:53, July 10, 2011      

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An alliance of 12 religion-based political parties in Bangladesh enforced a nationwide 30-hour non- stop hartal from Sunday morning in which the country's main opposition and its key ally extended support but they were not seen on the streets.

The alliance-sponsored hartal came just two days after a 48- hour non-strop strike launched by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh in protest against the abolition of the caretaker government system through constitution amendment last month.

The alliance of the religion-based political parties is protesting the removal of "Absolute Faith and Trust in Allah" from the country's constitution.

The Bangladesh Parliament on June 30 passed "The Constitution ( Fifteenth Amendment) Bill-2011", bringing a series of changes, including repeal of the provision for holding national elections under a non-party caretaker government and removal of "Absolute Faith and Trust in Allah" from the constitution.

Although movement of vehicles particularly private cars was relatively thinner than usual in capital Dhaka and other cities and towns of the country, a good number of buses alongside CNG- driven auto-rickshaws were seen on the capital streets. Man- peddled rickshaws dominated the city's usually bustling streets like other hartal days.

Most of shops and businesses in Dhaka remained closed on the first day of the alliance's first non-stop hartal since the Bangladesh Awami League-led alliance assumed the office in January 2009.

During the early hours of the hartal on Sunday, over 70 people, including 10 policemen, were injured in separate incidents of clashes in Narayanganj town, 20 km southeast of Dhaka, leading English newspaper The Daily Star reported in its online edition. In Narayanganj, it said pickets blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong, southeastern port city, highway and demonstrated torching tyres on the highway at about 6:00 a.m.local time.

At least 300 pickets have allegedly been arrested during the early hours of the 30-hour lockdown of 12 parties, local private news agency bdnews24.com reported.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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