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Bangladesh hit by nationwide strike

September 16, 1995
Web posted at:10:30 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT)

DHAKA, Bangladesh(CNN)-- About 60 passengers were injured when protesters taking part in a three-day nationwide strike attacked a train near the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka on Saturday.

Earlier, six people were injured in the capital when homemade bombs exploded, signaling the beginning of the strike. The strike also disrupted transportation services.

The strike was called by main opposition party leaders. They are demanding that Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia call for early elections and resign 90 days before the voting begins. Elections are not due until next March.

The opposition parties want the election to be supervised by a neutral caretaker, headed by the chief justice, to ensure free and fair voting. The prime minister says their demands are unconstitutional and has offered only to step down 30 days before the 1996 elections. Her opponents, such as Sheik Hasina of the Awami League, turned down the offer as inadequate.



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