Protesters bomb cars in Bangladesh strike

2013-11-04 08:48
A Bangladesh police-man throws water at a bus set alight during a protest ahead. (STR, AFP)

A Bangladesh police-man throws water at a bus set alight during a protest ahead. (STR, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dhaka - Opposition activists have exploded homemade bombs and set fire to at least 10 vehicles in Bangladesh's capital to enforce a general strike to demand that the government quit so upcoming elections can be held under a caretaker government.

Officials said on Monday that security has been heightened across Dhaka amid escalating tensions in the run-up to the election, which is due by early next year. No injuries were reported.

The 60-hour strike that began on Monday morning came after at least 16 people died last week in a similar strike.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to hold the elections under an all-party caretaker government, but the opposition says they want a government with people from outside political parties.

Schools and shops were also closed on Monday while traffic was thin in the usually clogged streets in Dhaka. TV stations reported explosions of homemade bombs other parts of the country, although there were few details.

Bangladesh has been a parliamentary democracy since 1991, but a smooth transfer of power remains a major challenge.

A military-backed caretaker government ruled the country for two years after the five-year term of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, now the opposition leader, expired in 2006 amid street violence.

Hasina came to power through elections in 2008, and three years later her administration scrapped a 15-year-old system under which a caretaker government system oversaw elections, in line with a ruling by the Supreme Court that said the system was unconstitutional.

The opposition raises concerns about election rigging, an allegation the government denies.
Read more on:    sheikh hasina  |  khaleda zia  |  bangladesh

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.