Bangladesh deployed approximately 20,000 additional security personnel from the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) beginning Saturday, December 15, following deadly electoral violence. Clashes between supporters of the ruling Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has been ongoing in recent days, resulting in at least six deaths and wounding more than 180 others. Low-level violence, particularly around campaign rallies and public protests, is likely to continue until the December 30 elections. Campaign events are set to continue and will likely result in transportation disruptions in Dhaka and other cities. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Bangladesh will hold general elections on December 30. The 2018 election will largely pit the ruling Awami League, led by three-term Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, against an opposition coalition dominated by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The opposition coalition's candidate for prime minister is Kamal Hossain of the Gano Forum political party.
Political rallies in Bangladesh often result in violence and unrest and can cause widespread transportation and business disruptions. Work stoppages, official and unofficial roadblocks, and large crowds are possible.
Individuals in Bangladesh are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all political rallies and public demonstrations due to the risk of violence, refrain from discussing political topics in public, and anticipate large public demonstrations and associated disruptions, including a heightened security presence, road closures, and transportation and business disruptions.
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