The ruling Awami League is planning to stage political rallies in Dhaka on Friday, December 21, and Monday, December 24, ahead of general elections on December 30. Friday's demonstration is slated to be held in the Gulshan area, while Monday's rally is set to be carried out in the Kamrangirchar area. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near the demonstration sites.
Additional political rallies and demonstrations are likely across the country in the coming days ahead of the December 30 vote, along with large crowds, transportation and business disruptions, and increased security measures.
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. Associated work stoppages, official and unofficial roadblocks, and large crowds are common.
Individuals in Bangladesh, particularly those in Dhaka, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all political rallies and public demonstrations due to the risk of violence, and refrain from discussing political topics in public. Anticipate disruptions near large public demonstrations, including a heightened security presence, road closures, and transportation and business disruptions.
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