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Islamist strike protest ends in violence

Islamist strike protest ends in violence
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Thousands of Bangladeshi Islamists have clashed with police during a protest over an amendment to the constitution removing the words “absolute faith and trust in Allah”.
The crowd were trying to enforce a nationwide strike called over the issue.
Police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse them as they tried to block roads into the capital, Dhaka. Around 100 people were detained.
At least 50 people were injured – many by those opposing the strike which was largely ignored by the 90% Islamic population.
A two-day general strike was called earlier in the week over government plans to abolish the current system of having caretaker administrations in the run-up to elections.
In May, the country’s supreme court ruled the system unconstitutional. It had been brought in to end the violence and voting fraud that often marred ballots.