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Protests against Bangladesh election turn violent

Supporters of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League armed with sticks shout slogans against the supporters of the Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Ruling party supporters and their opponents threw stones at each other Monday on the second day of sporadic violence in the Bangladeshi capital, after heavy police presence foiled an opposition plan for a rally to pressure the government to scrap next month's election. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Protests against Bangladesh election turn violent

Security forces and opposition activists clashed in Bangladesh's capital on Sunday, leaving at least one person dead, as thousands of police took to the streets to foil a mass rally calling on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to cancel upcoming elections.

Reports said authorities had detained hundreds of people in a crackdown ahead of next weekend's elections, further deepening the impoverished South Asian nation's political crisis.

Hasina's political rival, Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister and the current opposition leader, had hoped to address the rally in defiance of a government ban on large political gatherings. But security officials surrounded Zia's home in Dhaka's upscale Gulshan area and parked sand-laden trucks in an apparent effort to obstruct her from leaving her home. Police denied that the measures were taken to stop her from joining the rally. (AP)

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