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Police break up Bangladesh march
An opposition activist shouts anti-government slogans near a burning vehicle during a general strike in Dhaka on Tuesday
Opposition workers are demanding electoral reforms
Dozens of people have been injured in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, in a clash between opposition activists and the police.

They were attempting to march to the office of the election commission to demand the removal of the country's top poll officials.

Police used batons and fired tear gas shells to disperse the stone-throwing opposition activists.

The opposition is demanding electoral reforms ahead of polls due in January.

Police put up barricades to prevent hundreds of opposition activists from marching towards the election commission headquarters in the centre of Dhaka.

Violence broke out when the activists tried to push through the barricades.

The opposition says 50 people have been injured in the police action.

A 14-party alliance, led by the main opposition Awami League, is pushing for the resignation of chief election commissioner MA Aziz and his two deputies, accusing them of being biased in favour of the government.

The five-year term of the Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, ends in October and general elections are due to be held by January next year under a caretaker administration.


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