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BNP Announces 7th Round Of Blockade From Sunday

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The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and allies will again enforce a 48-hour fresh road-rail-waterway blockade across the country starting from Sunday (November 26) morning, giving a break for two days, to protest the schedule for the next national election announced by the Election Commission.

The party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the announcement at a virtual press briefing on Thursday (November 23) afternoon. It will be the seventh round of blockade programme of the opposition parties since October 31.

He said that the blockade would begin at 6:00am on Sunday and end at 6:00am on Tuesday.

Rizvi said that the blockade was also meant for mounting pressure on the government to quit, hold the next election under a non-party neutral government and release party leaders and activists, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

He said other opposition parties, who had long been carrying out the simultaneous movement with BNP, would also observe similar programmes.

The fresh programme was announced 14 hours before the end of the opposition’s ongoing 48-hour blockade which will end at 6:00am on Friday.

Rizvi thanked the country’s people and the opposition leaders and activists for making their blockade programme a success.

BNP and some other parties enforced a 48-hour countrywide shutdown from Sunday (November 19) before the blockade programme.

The opposition parties observed blockades in six phases to mount pressure on the Awami League government to quit power and hold the next election under a non-partisan administration.

They also observed a nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal on October 29 in protest against the attacks on BNP’s grand rally at Nayapaltan that ended amid the incidents of torching vehicles and clashes, leaving three people dead.

Half an hour into the start of BNP’s much-talked-about grand rally at Nayapaltan on October 28, BNP leaders and workers locked in a clash with the ruling party activists and police at Kakrail. The violent clashes soon spread around Nayapaltan, foiling the rally midway.

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