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14 Nov 2018 | 01:43 PM UTC

Bangladesh: Opposition gathering violently dispersed in Dhaka Nov. 14

Bangladesh News Alert

A gathering of BNP opposition supporters violently dispersed in Dhaka on November 14; further such protests expected in run-up to December 30 elections

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/14/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/15/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Dhaka). COUNTRY/REGION Dhaka

Event

A gathering of supporters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was forcefully dispersed by police in the Naya Paltan district of the capital Dhaka around midday (local time) on Wednesday, November 14. Subsequent clashes broke out between protesters and security forces, who fired rubber bullets and tear gas, leaving several people injured. Police vehicles were set on fire and traffic was temporarily halted.

BNP supporters had gathered outside of the party’s offices as candidacy forms were being distributed ahead of the upcoming December 30 parliamentary elections. Further such disruptive protests can be expected in the run-up to the election amid high tensions.

Context

Despite a request from opposition parties, the government announced it would refuse to appoint a neutral caretaker government to oversee the elections. Opposition parties are anticipated to hold political rallies in the coming weeks. A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of any demonstration; clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Advice

Individuals present in Bangladesh are advised to avoid all public gatherings and demonstrations due to the risk of violence and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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