Strike enforced in Bangladesh to protest execution of Islamist party secretary general

November 24, 2015 OPINION/NEWS

By

Sheuli Akter

Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party has enforced a dawn-to-dusk strike in protest against the execution of its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.

Hours after the execution of the influential party leader on early Sunday, in a press release Jamaat called the nationwide strike which ended without any major incident.

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, secretary general of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party, and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a leader of ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia‘s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged together simultaneously in Dhaka Central Jail for war crimes in 1971 on Sunday.

Due to the strike, security measures were tightened in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.

As almost no activities of pro-strike activists were visible in Dhaka, traffic on the city streets was relatively normal.

 

 

 

 

 

Sheuli Akter

Sheuli Akter, from Bangladesh, is a Special Correspondent and Editor of NsNewsWire, (Bangladesh’s First Press Newswire). She also gained an honourable mention in the first ever World Media Summit WMS Awards for ‘Exemplary News Professionals in Developing Countries’, receiving the award in Beijing in January 2015.

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