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Bangladesh opposition chief says will defy march ban

Published on Dec 27, 2013 8:33 PM
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Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia speaks during a press conference in Dhaka, on Dec 24, 2013. Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia vowed on Friday, Dec 27, 2013, to go ahead with a mass march on Dhaka which is aimed at scuppering a Jan 5 general election, despite a police ban. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia vowed on Friday to go ahead with a mass march on Dhaka which is aimed at scuppering a Jan 5 general election, despite a police ban.

"I hope you will join our gathering, and defy all the obstacles that are being placed in our way, so that we can save democracy," Ms Zia said in a video message shortly after police banned the rally scheduled for Sunday, a week before the elections.

The former premier posted the video message from her home in a Dhaka neighbourhood where she has been under unofficial house arrest since Wednesday, according to her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

Her statement came shortly after Dhaka police said they would not sanction any such protest, citing fears of violence and public safety.

 
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