Strikes, attacks over demands for new elections bring turbulent politics back to Bangladesh

January 22, 2015 5:45 AM

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Strikes, attacks over demands for new elections bring turbulent politics back to Bangladesh

In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, injured Saiful Islam, a doctor by profession and father of two-and-a-half-year-old Safir Islam, a victim of a homemade bomb stands as his son lies in an intensive care unit with burns to his face, head and other body parts, to receive treatment at a private hospital during the ongoing nationwide blockade called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since Jan. 5 - the one-year anniversary of the last election - at least 28 people have been killed, nearly 700 vehicles have been smashed or torched and much of the country’s transportation system has been at a standstill. Supporters of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who boycotted the last vote, demand that the government resign and hold new elections immediately, but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says her government will remain in office until her term ends in 2019. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad) (The Associated Press)

In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, Bangladeshi police stand guard in front of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) party office during the nationwide strike called by them in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since Jan. 5 - the one-year anniversary of the last election - at least 28 people have been killed, nearly 700...

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