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Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia in lockdown ahead of protest

Security forces in Bangladesh have stopped opposition leader Khaleda Zia from leaving her party offices and banned all protests in the capital.

Police said the ban, which began in Dhaka at 17:00 local time (11:00 GMT) on Sunday, was to prevent violence.

Both Ms Zia's party and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's party had planned to hold rival demonstrations on Monday.

Akbar Hossain reports.

  • 05 Jan 2015
  • From the section Asia