Violence in Bangladesh as ruling party set to win election
Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 01:22
Jan. 5 - At least 18 people were killed in Bangladesh election day violence, where the ruling Awami League was poised to win. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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The ballot boxes are locked and polls are closed in Bangladesh.
In this violence-plagued election, Bangladesh's ruling party is poised to win.
Local media is reporting that at least 18 people were killed in separate incidents on election day.
Many more were injured. Six supporters of Bangladesh's main opposition party lay injured in a hospital.
They were wounded by police fire, after attempting to attack a police station while they protested against the elections.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) UNIDENTIFIED OPPOSITION SUPPORTER SAYING:
"We will not allow voting, for as long as democracy is not restored. This is a democratic country. All of us who support democracy, are protesting this election."
Some polling stations in Bogra were forced to close, when protesters set fire to ballots.
They also knocked down trees, and blocked roads with rocks to prevent voters from reaching polling stations.
Senior leader of the opposition party, Osman Farooq, says the people have made a stand by not participating.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) OSMAN FAROOQ, FORMER EDUCATION MINISTER AND SENIOR LEADER OF BANGLADESH NATIONALIST PARTY, SAYING:
"Today's controversial, tainted national election has been rejected by the people with full hatred."
With fewer than half of the 300 seats being contested, voters had cast ballots in modest numbers.
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