Bangladesh News Opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist has demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and handing over power to a non-partisan caretaker government to oversee general elections next year. The opposition party has planned to organize a mass rally in the capital regarding this demand.
If violence is instigated, action will be taken
On the other hand, the ruling Awami League party has warned that if any attempt is made to incite violence in the name of a demonstration, it will be dealt with strictly. The ruling party said it would hold a peace rally near the headquarters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, where supporters of party leader former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia would gather.
History of violence during political protests
The opposition says it is making a last-ditch effort to oust Sheikh Hasina as the Election Commission prepares to call the country’s 12th national election in January. Bangladesh has a history of violence during political protests, especially before elections.
Violence can erupt at any time
The feud between Hasina and Zia has been going on for decades. Hasina’s government has been under pressure for months as the opposition has staged largely peaceful anti-government protests. But experts say violence can erupt at any time. Zia’s party general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said he would continue to push for the resignation of Hasina’s administration and the installation of a caretaker government.