Bangladesh bans street protests ahead of Khaleda Zia's verdict

DHAKA: Bangladesh police banned street protests today ahead of a verdict against against opposition leader Khaleda Zia, whose party says more than a thousand of its activists have been detained.
Zia, 72, may face up to life in prison if found guilty on Thursday on charges of embezzling $252,000.

Her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) says police and other security forces have detained more than a thousand of its activists and officials in a nationwide crackdown before the verdict.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police said it feared opposition parties could “create anarchy” if she was convicted.

Her party says the charges against the two-time prime minister are politically motivated.

“I hereby declare that no processions- by standing up or sitting down- will be allowed on the roads that block public or vehicular movements,” Dhaka police chief Asaduzzaman Mia said in a statement.

BNP spokesman Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said police were raiding homes…

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