Following the bloodless coup which brought Lieutenant General Hossain Mohammad Ershad to power (Wednesday 24 March) the streets of the Bangladesh capital Dacca are peaceful.
GV Trishaws and pedestrians in Dacca street
GV Flags being sold in street
SVs Army checkpoint with sandbags and machine guns (2 shots)
GVs Troops manning checkpoints of barbed wire and sandbags as traffic flows past (5 shots)
GVs Trishaws on Dacca streets (2 shots)
SV Policeman directing traffic
GV Troops at checkpoint
GVs Soldiers standing on the roadside (3 shots)
CU Marshall Law chief Hussain Mohammad Ershad appearing on television
SCU Deposed president Abdus Sattar appearing on television
(MUTE) SVs New Bangladesh President Abul Fazal Muhammad Ahsanuddin Chowdhury being sworn in at ceremony watched by Government officials and military officers (5 shots)
SCU New President signing document
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Background: Following the bloodless coup which brought Lieutenant General Hossain Mohammad Ershad to power (Wednesday 24 March) the streets of the Bangladesh capital Dacca are peaceful. But soldiers have set up checkpoints on major roads in the city, and guard important buildings. At least 230 people, including a former deputy minister and several former ministers have been arrested for alleged corruption, misuse of power and anti-state activities. They could face the death penalty or life imprisonment. Both General Ershad and deposed president Abdus Sattar have appeared on television since the military takeover. The former leader is said to be well, but under virtual house arrest. On Sunday (28 March) retired Supreme Court Judge, Abul Fazal Muhammad Ahsanuddin Chowdhury, was sworn in as new President. But power will remain firmly with the military, as General Ershad announced the same day at a news conference. He said that if conditions were right after two years, he would allow a referendum or elections for a return to democracy. But insisted it would be a democracy consistent with the hopes and aspirations of the people, which would serve the people and not master them.