Bangladesh on edge ahead of election anniversary

AP News
Posted: Jan 04, 2015 9:32 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh's capital have banned all rallies and prevented a top opposition leader from leaving her office, while dozens of opposition activists have been detained across the country.

The moves come a day before the anniversary of a general election boycotted by a major opposition alliance last year.

Police have cordoned off the office of former Prime Minister and current chief of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Khaleda Zia, since late Saturday night, with authorities saying the measure was part of enhanced security steps. Zia is the archrival of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who came to power last year for a second term.

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On Sunday, police clashed with opposition supporters in several parts of the country, leaving dozens of people injured, ATN Bangla and Channel 24 television stations reported.