WORLD Bangladesh opposition clashes with police in Dhaka

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Bangladesh opposition clashes with police in Dhaka

Xinhua

11:57, November 15, 2018

DHAKA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) - Police fought with the opposition activists Wednesday with tear gas in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.

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Policemen stand guard as opposition activists hold a demonstration in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 14, 2018. (Photos: Xinhua)

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) supporters on Wednesday afternoon marched towards their party office in a pre-election showdown, demanding level playing field in the upcoming national elections slated for Dec. 30 and release of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia from jail.

As the opposition started the showdown, battle between police and the activists erupted.

The activists fought police with brickbats in front of their headquarters at Naya Paltan in Dhaka, leaving dozens of people including law enforcers and BNP activists injured.

Television footage showed the fighting between police and opposition activists who reportedly set fire to a police van and several private cars in the area.

They have also vandalized several vehicles. The street battle last for about an hour.

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People gather around a burned car during an opposition party demonstration in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 14, 2018.

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