Bangladesh transport blockade sparks violence

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Bangladesh transport blockade sparks violence

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Demanding electoral reforms, hundreds of people have marched through the streets of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

But as opposition activists also enforced a countrywide transport shutdown, the situation turned violent, resulting in at least two deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Led by a former prime minister, an opposition alliance made up of 14 parties is trying to force the government to implement reforms before a general election in January. It wants the chief election commissioner removed for alleged pro-government bias.

Millions of people were left stranded as most trains, buses and ferries lay idle.