Bangladesh bans protests, locks opposition leader in office

Former Bangladesh prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia waves as she arrives for a court appearance in Dhaka on November 9, 2014Bangladesh police banned all protests in the capital from Sunday and locked main opposition leader Khaleda Zia in her office in Dhaka as clashes broke out before the first anniversary of an election her party boycotted. Zia had threatened to hold mass rallies in Dhaka to mark “Democracy Killing Day” on Monday — the first anniversary of the polls that her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies refused to join on the grounds they would be rigged by the ruling party. “She has been confined in her office. “We imposed the ban as rival rallies by the political parties raised fears of clashes,” Dhaka police spokesman Masudur Rahman told AFP.

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