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20,000 rally in Bangladesh against media crackdown

Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:05 AM

DHAKA (AFP) - At least 20,000 opposition supporters rallied in the Bangladeshi capital on Tuesday to demand the abolition of a new government policy that critics say would muzzle independent television and radio stations.

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its 19 allies staged the rally as they launched a string of fresh protests aimed at forcing early elections.

The protests come just months after the ruling Awami League party won parliamentary elections that were boycotted by the opposition.

Between 20,000 and 25,000 people, defying driving monsoon rains, attended the rally in the capital's historic Suhrawardy Uddyan garden, police inspector Sirajul Islam told AFP.

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