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Bangladesh opposition protesters clash with police over election date


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Bangladesh opposition protesters clash with police over election date

One person has been killed and dozens wounded in Bangladesh as a nationwide strike turned violent.

Supporters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party clashed with police.

They are angry at an announcement by the Election Commission on Monday that elections would be held on January 5. The BNP wanted any decision postponed until the government resigned and a neutral interim cabinet was in place to oversee the election.

In Bogra, 200 kilometres north of the capital Dhaka, protesters attacked the Election Commission offices, burning official papers and voter ID cards.

Elsewhere, homemade bombs were detonated and railway tracks vandalised to disrupt train services.

The opposition, says it will boycott the election if Prime Minister Hasina does not resign.

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