Bangladesh’s Opposition Announces Nationwide Strike

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh's main opposition party says it is planning a nationwide strike on Thursday to protest a recent increase in the price of fuel.

Earlier this week, the government raised the fuel prices by up to 19 percent.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party said Tuesday the September 22 strike will also highlight the rising cost of daily commodities and the recent detention of opposition activists.

Supporters of Bangladesh's main Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, fought with police during a protest held Monday in Dhaka to demand the release of jailed Islamist leaders.