Thousands of people protest in Dhaka against Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Thousands of people came out on the streets in different cities including Dhaka against Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid.

With inflation running out in Bangladesh, thousands of opposition supporters protested in the capital Dhaka on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the formation of a caretaker government ahead of the next general election.

In the absence of BNP chief Khaleda Zia and her exiled son Tariq Rehman, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Fakhrul Zaman addressed a protest sit-in in front of the party office in Dhaka. He was released from jail after detention.

BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Zaman said that the people of this country want freedom from this terrible dictatorial government. The government has arrested hundreds of supporters of the party, including senior leaders, to suppress their movement.

Mirza Fakhrul Zaman said that the government is politically bankrupt, the corrupt government is clinging to power illegally, it should resign, parliament should be dissolved and a caretaker government should be formed for the next elections.

An estimated 40,000 people participated in the four-hour protest, according to Dhaka police, with similar protests taking place at other divisional headquarters.

The BNP leader alleged that supporters of the ruling Awami League and the police attacked and tortured the protesting workers. On the other hand, Awami League also held some counter-demonstrations in Dhaka to support the Hasina government.

BNP has been protesting since August against the hike in commodity prices, BNP is demanding the unconditional release of Khaleda Zia and the formation of a caretaker government for elections.

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Khaleda Zia, who was sentenced to 10 years for corruption, is barred from participating in political activities or leaving the country after her conditional release in March 2020.

Since the protests in August, 11 BNP leaders or supporters have been killed in clashes with police and supporters of the ruling Awami League.

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