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Bangladesh: Zia announces indefinite blockade

Bangladesh: Zia announces indefinite blockade

India Blooms News Service | | 05 Jan 2015, 09:40 pm
Dhaka, Jan 5 (IBNS) Protesting against the government restrictions, BNP supremo Khaleda Zia announced an indefinite countrywide blockade on Monday.

“The programme will continue until my further instruction. We will set the next course of action at an appropriate time,” Zia was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.

She said the ruling Awami League government has made the entire country a 'prison'.

She said no election took place in the country last year on Jan 5.

She is cordoned inside her office in Dhaka since Saturday night.

Zia earlier directed opposition leaders and activists  to defy police bans on rallies.

Amid  the announcements of counter rallies by the BNP-led 20-party alliance and ruling Awami League  to mark the  one-year anniversary of last year's parliamentary election, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Sunday banned all kinds of rallies for an indefinite period of time.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked

BNP-led alliance to shun violence.

In a televised speech, Hasina asked Zia to focus on rebuilding her party.

"The path you're (Khaleda) walking will not usher in peace. You'll lose the people's support," Hasina was quoted as saying in her speech by bdnews24.com.