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If obstructed, Bangladesh opposition party ‘to stage angry protest’
Publication Date : 27-12-2013
The opposition BNP-led alliance might stage angry protests across the country if the government tries to obstruct Sunday's “march for democracy”.
As part of its strategy, the BNP has asked its leaders in some districts, known as the party's strongholds, to stay prepared for staging massive protests in their areas if the BNP chief or top party leaders are prevented from joining the programme.
Wishing anonymity, a BNP leader said that party Chairperson Khaleda Zia might announce later on Sunday non-stop programmes such as “mass curfew” and “non-cooperation with the government” from January 1 till the election day.
Khaleda, also leader of the opposition, will lead the march towards the party's Nayapaltan office, demanding postponement of the January 5 polls and installation of a non-party election-time government.
Asadul Kabir Shahin, assistant secretary general of the BNP, said the party plans to gather around two million people around its Nayapaltan office on Sunday.
In a bid to stage a showdown that day, the Jamaat-e-Islami already brought more than one lakh activists to the capital, said an opposition leader close to Jamaat.
Many BNP men started leaving for the capital from different districts within hours after the party chief announced on Tuesday “the march for democracy”.
Police have arrested scores of opposition men, including BNP lawmakers Shammi Akhter and Mahbubuddin Khokon, in the capital since Khaleda's announcement.
In a video message from an unknown location last night, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan alleged that the government had detached the BNP chief from the other opposition leaders.
He claimed that law enforcers prevented the opposition leaders from meeting Khaleda, cordoning off her Gulshan residence and office.
The BNP leader said the opposition must hold Sunday's programme defying all obstacles.