Bangladesh Polls Violence Rises

Bangladesh’s furious opposition allies have termed Sunday’s national polls a “farce election” and imposed a Hartal – a general strike – across the country, paving the way for more violence. Undeterred by calls to postpone yesterday’s election, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed’s Awami League went to the polls despite the fact that half the country boycotted them and that it will do nothing to put an end to the violence and hostility that have plagued the country virtually since its founding in 1971.

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