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Bangladesh opposition set for mass march against polls

Published on Dec 29, 2013 6:42 AM
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Bangladeshi police detain a suspected activist of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a banned Islamist militant organisation in Dhaka on Dec 27, 2013, as Hizb-ut Tahrir supporters attempted a demonstration march following Friday prayers. Bangladesh opposition protesters were set for a mass march on Dhaka on Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 in a bid to derail the controversial Jan 5 elections, despite a police ban amid fears of widespread violence. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh opposition protesters were set for a mass march on Dhaka on Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 in a bid to derail the controversial Jan 5 elections, despite a police ban amid fears of widespread violence.

The opposition, which is boycotting the polls, has been predicting that up to a million people will descend on the capital in an effort to pressure Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to halt what it describes as a "farcical" election.

Police have banned the so-called "March for Democracy" amid fears that the rally would become a focal point for more unrest after what has already been the deadliest year for political violence in the country's history.

Police have detained more than 750 opposition supporters as a "preventive measure", while the authorities have suspended Dhaka-bound bus, ferry and train services, virtually cutting off the city from the rest of the country.

 
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