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Scores hurt as Bangladesh opposition stir continues

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Dhaka: Scores of people were injured as violence raged across Bangladesh on Tuesday, the last day of a three-day strike called by opposition activists in a bid to pressure the prime minister to resign.

The Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the country’s business body, expressed concern over the latest crisis that has killed at least 15 people since the weekend and urged both the government and opposition to resolve disputes through dialogue.

Many more have been injured across the country since Sunday, when the rivalry between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia flared anew with the nationwide strike closing down businesses and roads and government opponents clashing with police and ruling party supporters.

Despite the highly unusual appeal from the Prime Minister, Begum Zia refused to call off the strike, which was due to end on Tuesday.

Begum Zia wants to force Ms Hasina’s government to quit and have a caretaker administration oversee an election scheduled to be held by early next year. The opposition says the government is not capable of holding a credible vote and has threatened to boycott the election unless a caretaker is appointed from outside of political parties.

AP

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