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Strike enters second day, paralyzing Bangladesh

06-13-2011 16:46 BJT

DHAKA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The 36-hour non-stop strike called by Bangladesh's main opposition in protest against the government move to annul caretaker government system entered the second day on Monday, paralyzing most of the country including its capital Dhaka.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh called for the strike over government's failures to check price hike, share market crash and and power-gas-water crises.

Most of shops and businesses in Dhaka remained closed in the second day of the BNP's first 36-hour non-stop hartal and the sixth general strike since the Bangladesh Awami League-led alliance assumed the office in January 2009.

On account of the strike, which will end at 6:00 p.m. local time Monday, the major roads and market places were almost deserted in Dhaka and other districts of the country, but a large number of rickshaws were seen on Dhaka's usually bustling streets.

The authorities have detained at least 113 people for allegedly attacking vehicles and disrupting public life since the BNP-led opposition launched a 36-hour countrywide strike Sunday, leading English newspaper The Daily Star reported.

The main opposition party's acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, however, claimed that about 700 of its activists have been arrested since the declaration of the strike on Friday.

Earlier BNP, led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, and its ally Jamaat staged a 12-hour strike on June 5, just a day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said there is no scope to keep the non-party caretaker government system to hold parliamentary elections as the Supreme Court declared it illegal.

The main objective of the caretaker government in Bangladesh, which has a history of frequent electoral fraud and violence, is to create an environment in which an election can be held in a free and fair manner without any political influence of the outgoing government.


Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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