Blasts, arrests reported at Bangladesh opposition strikeBy AP News May 17, 2012 3:30PM UTC
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bomb blasts and arrests have been reported in Bangladesh’s capital as an opposition alliance enforces a general strike protesting a court order sending 33 of its leaders to jail.
No injuries were reported from several crude bombs that exploded in Dhaka. Schools and businesses were shut in the capital, and public life was disrupted in other major cities and towns during the shutdown Thursday.
A court Wednesday had denied bail to 33 leaders in the 18-party opposition alliance who were charged with involvement in an arson attack during an anti-government strike last month.
The United News of Bangladesh agency says police arrested at least 17 activists Thursday.
They have been protesting the disappearance of an opposition leader last month and allege government forces were involved.