DHAKA (TIP): At least 20 people have been injured in clashes between police and activists near Bangladesh’s capital on the second day of a national strike called by opposition parties. ATN Bangla TV station says clashes occurred in Narayanganj district after opposition supporters brought out a procession that was intercepted by police on Wednesday. Witnesses say about a dozen homemade bombs also have exploded in parts of the capital, Dhaka.
An alliance of 18 parties is enforcing the 36-hour strike demanding release of more than 160 opposition politicians arrested in the last two weeks. A truck driver was killed and several other people were reported hurt in strike-related violence.