Bangladesh: Demonstrators Clash with Police during Strike

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Police in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka used batons to scatter demonstrators during a strike on Sunday against a gas exploration agreement with the American energy giant ConocoPhillips. Most schools, businesses and shops were shut down and just a few vehicles were seen on the roads. The strike was called by a left-wing citizens’ organization, which claims the agreement compromises the country’s interests. It isn’t uncommon for political parties in Bangladesh to call for strikes, but the shut down on Sunday was enforced by National Committee for Protection of Oil and Gas and Ports.