Bangladesh anti-government protesters detained

June 12, 2011 - 1:00 AM
Bangladesh Strike

A Bangladeshi police officer orders a rickshaw to stop for security check before a general strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, June 11, 2011. The country's main opposition and its key ally has called for a countrywide 36-hour strike beginning Sunday dawn. (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman)

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh have jailed at least 50 protesters as the main opposition enforces its second nationwide general strike this month against government moves to amend the constitution.

Police say those arrested were sentenced to up to a month in jail in summary trials on charges of causing violence during the strike.

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its Islamic fundamentalist ally, Jamaat-e-Islami, started enforcing the 36-hour strike beginning at dawn Sunday, a working day in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

The opposition staged a similar shutdown early this month. It says the government wants to repeal a constitutional provision that requires it to hand over power at the end of its term to a nonpartisan administration to conduct new polls.