» 01/04/2014, 00.00
Elections in Bangladesh: strikes and violence push Christians and Hindus not to vote
Christians, Hindus and Buddhists speak of nationalists threats not to go to the polls . The opposition led by Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party ( BNP) began a new 48-hour strike today. The aim is to disrupt the parliamentary elections tomorrow and unleash chaos in the country. Polling stations and vehicles set on fire in Dhaka, Dinajpur and Feni .
More bloodshed in Bangladesh: 8 dead and 300 injured in clashes with police
Violence degenerated during the hartal ( strike) called by the Nationalist Party to pressure the prime minister. Supporters of the government and the opposition trade homemade bombs and Molotov cocktails. Transport is paralyzed. To disperse the protesters, the police opened fire .
Bangladesh, political violence threatens survival of population
A new arsonist attack caused seven deaths and 16 seriously wounded. Traffic strike imposed by opposition "maintained" by constant attacks. The goal is to bring down the government. Material damage greater than number of victims: prices rise; raw materials, not delivered, waste away; ordinary people lose their jobs.
General strike sets Dhaka on fire. Two dead and almost 300 injured
The '"hartal" organized by the Nationalist Party (BNP) paralyzed the capital of Bangladesh. The opposition calls for early elections, but the government stalls . Increased social tensions, fueled by politically motivated violence.
A 131 hour strike. Catholic activist : People victim of political conflict
For Rosaline Costa , coordinator of Hotline Bangladesh, the country " is at the mercy of the ego of politicians." She warns that the "climate has to change, otherwise the situation will get worse". Since January, 347 people have been killed in violent clashes between political factions . Most of them are innocent citizens.
Christians enjoy peaceful Christmas in Bangladesh but terrorism continues to cast its shadow
As the authorities lifted a travel ban and police protected the country's churches, no attacks were reported against the minority during the holidays. With elections approaching, the government continues to deploy tens of thousands of soldiers fearing further unrest. For many Bangladeshis, "there has never been so much tension in 40 years of independence."
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