In Bangladesh, demonstrators clashed with police in Dhaka on August 27 during a national half-day strike called by opposition parties.
GVs Demonstrators marching through streets. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Closed shopfronts.
GV Officials and others marching.
GV PAN FROM Police TO demonstrators.
GVs Riot police emerging from van and running towards demonstrators who throws stones. Police fire tear gas. (4 SHOTS)
SV Injured officer led away.
SVs Begum Khaleda Zia claims podium and waves to crowd. (2 SHOTS)
SVs PAN FROM Party officials TO Hasina Wazad looking on as crowds cheer. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: In Bangladesh, demonstrators clashed with police in Dhaka on August 27 during a national half-day strike called by opposition parties. The protest was organised by the 15-party and seven-party alliances, to force President Hossain Mohammad Ershad to withdraw martial law and set up a caretaker government before parliamentary elections - scheduled for December 8. Despite the incidence of stone-throwing by protesters and police retaliation in the capital, the nationwide stoppage was generally peaceful. Begum Khaleda Zia, the leader of the Seven-Party Alliance, is the widow of the former Bangladesh leader, Major-General Ziaur Rahman who was assassinated in 1981. She addressed a rally in Dhaka which was also attended by Hasina Wazad, the daughter of the late President Mujib Rahman who was killed in a right-wing coup in 1975. The opposition factions claim the forthcoming elections would be a farce since the military government has lots its neutrality and present members of the government would be standing for election. A further strike protest is planned on September 27 if the government does not meet the opposition's demands.