View Full Version : More than 100 detained as fourth strike in a month hits Bangladesh

February 28, 2004, 04:47 AM
More than 100 "troublemakers" have been arrested in Bangladesh, police and witnesses said, as the fourth anti-government strike called by the main opposition this month hit major centres.


Police said they had arrested what they described as "troublemakers" to ensure the safety of the citizens during the strike in major Bangladeshi cities, including the capital Dhaka and the second city of Chittagong.

Police did not say how many people were being held, but party sources and witnesses said more than 100 people had been rounded up since late Friday.

A spokesman for the main opposition Awami League party, which has called the shutdown, claimed that as many as 300 people had been picked up by police.

The strike forced the closure of shops, schools and most private banks and offices in Dhaka Saturday.

Most public buses were not running, while groups of protesters gathered in different parts of the capital. Witnesses said pickets were also being staged in various parts of Chittagong.

Authorities said some 7,000 police, including paramilitary units, were being deployed to keep order during Saturday's strike in Dhaka, a congested city of around 10 million people.

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February 28, 2004, 05:23 AM
Our womenpolice look bold, smart, vigorous. Good to see it.

February 28, 2004, 06:12 AM

February 28, 2004, 07:54 AM
"ensure the safety of the citizens"

Hahahaha!!!!! What a laugh.. As if the police in BD even know of that concept.

February 28, 2004, 09:01 AM