Opposition parties called a successful six-hour general strike in Bangladesh on November 1 to protest against 19 months of military rule.
GTV PAN Deserted street in Dhaka during strike
SV Police on truck PAN Police in street
GVs People walking in streets PAN ALONG Closed shops (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Cab of damaged vehicle TO barricade road (2 shots)
CU AND SV Demonstrators burning tyre (2 shots)
TVs Demonstrators marching (2 shots)
SV Demonstrators smashing bus with cudgels; children throw stones at bus (2 shots)
SV AND GV Demonstrators chanting and throwing bricks
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Background: Opposition parties called a successful six-hour general strike in Bangladesh on November 1 to protest against 19 months of military rule. In Dhaka, business came to a halt, roads were deserted and shops shuttered. Opposition leaders described the strike as a success and demanded that General Hossain Mohammad Ershad, who seized power in a bloodless coup in March, 1982, step down. Reuters reported that police used tear-gas to break up a demonstration in the north of the country and that angry students stoned a cabinet minister's car in Dhaka. Crowds of shouting demonstrators roamed through the streets of Dhaka and there were a number of other incidents, including the smashing of a buses windows with cudgels and the burning of tyres in the centre of a road. The northern students were trying to stage an anti-government demonstration in Rajshashi university. Major General Abdul Munim escaped unhurt as youths stoned his car on way to work. The opposition wants an interim civilian administration to supervise parliamentary elections as soon as possible. Ershad had said that he will hold parliamentary elections by March 1985, but only after a series of local elections and a presidential election in mid-1984.