Two day general nationwide strike called for Bangladesh for September 18-19, 2013

The largest Islamist party in Bangladesh has called for a 48-hour nationwide hartal (strike) for September 18-19, 2013, after the supreme court awarded the death sentence to a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami.

Travellers should be aware that in Bangladesh, there are regular strikes, known locally as hartals, which can quickly become violent, with road blocks, attacks against property, clashes with police, etc. It is expected that demonstrations will turn violent over the next two days. Avoid all public gatherings and demonstrations and monitor local media for developments.

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