A general strike called by Bangladesh political opposition groups on March 1 resulted in two deaths and at least 200 injuries.
GV Anti-government demonstrators chanting on street.
SV PULL OUT TO GV Demonstrator being beaten on ground by police.
SV Arrested demonstrator being punched before being put into police truck.
GV Demonstrator throwing missile, crowd running away, police running after them. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Burnt-out debris on street.
SV Visnews' cameraman's motorbike burning in street.
GVs & CUs Locked and barricaded shops. (3 SHOTS)
TV & GVs Street confrontation with demonstrators throwing missiles at police, police reinforcements arriving, chasing demonstrators, crowd shouting. (8 SHOTS)
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Background: A general strike called by Bangladesh political opposition groups on March 1 resulted in two deaths and at least 200 injuries. The strike was called as part of a campaign against military ruler General Ershad's decision to hold local elections on March 24. Opposition leaders claimed the elections were designed to consolidate General Ershad's power base. Many opposition leaders were arrested the night before the strike. In the morning, shops and businesses were closed throughout Bangladesh while vehicles stayed off the streets. Sporadic violence broke out in Dacca, with students throwing stones at police, and retaliation by security forces. A government spokesman said a 13-year-old boy died in a stampede when police used tear gas and fired blank shots at a crowd of demonstrators. Other reports spoke of the boy being hit by a police bullet. The second victim was said to have died in a fight between opponents and supporters of General Ershad in a town 16 kilometres east of Dacca. At the end of the day, 300 people had been arrested, among them a former Bangladesh Prime Minister, Shah Azizur Rahman; the widow of assassinated President Ziaur Rahman, Begum Khaleda Zia; and Sheikh Hasina Wazed, daughter of the "founder of Bangladesh", late President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.